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  1. Hiroyuki Nakajima is back in the U.S. and the Diamondbacks are after him

    Nov 20, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Yankees fans will remember Hiroyuki Nakajima. He’s the Japanese infielder who, last year, was posted by the Seibu Lions and whose negotiation rights were won by the Yankees.  The team and player couldn’t come to an agreement, however, so Nakajima returned to the NPB and Seibu. He had a good year too, hitting .311/.382/.451 with 13…

  2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka heads back to Japan

    Nov 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Released by the Twins two months ago after agreeing to forfeit the final $3.25 million of his contract, Tsuyoshi Nishioka has returned to Japan by signing a two-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers. Nishioka was a huge bust in Minnesota, hitting .215 with a .503 OPS while playing terrible defense at both shortstop and second…

  3. Twins send Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million left on contract

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After watching Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit and field terribly for 68 games last season and look even worse this spring the Twins announced that they’re sending him to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million remaining on his contract. Toss in the $3 million he made last season and the $5.25 million they paid for his…

  4. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to work out for Brewers this weekend

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Milwaukee secured exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki with a $2.5 million bid, but before talking contract with the Japanese outfielder they wanted to get a first-hand look at him. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that will happen this weekend in Arizona, where the Brewers will put Aoki through what general…

  5. Brewers will work out Norichika Aoki after winning negotiating rights for $2.5 million

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Milwaukee placed the high bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers plan to work out the Japanese center fielder before deciding what type of contract to offer him. Evaluating a player in person, on your terms, seems like an obvious thing for teams to do…

  6. Quote of the Day: Expectations are low for Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Following news that the Yankees placed the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch passed along this scouting report: Heard Nakajima’s bat could be better than Twins’ Nishioka, but not as good a fielder. “Nishioka” would be Tsuyoshi Nishioka. So that opinion suggests Nakajima’s bat “could be better…

  7. Bidding for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima ends Friday

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As expected, Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has been posted by the Seibu Lions and the bidding is open until Friday. Tsuyoshi Nishioka flopping with the Twins may have further soured MLB teams on Japanese middle infielders, but Nakajima is a longtime star in Japan who’ll no doubt still draw interest from multiple teams. Last offseason…

  8. Twins still negotiating contract details with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When the Twins traded starting shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Orioles last week it signaled that they were extremely confident about being able to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka before the December 26 deadline. No deal is in place yet, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the two sides are close…

  9. Highlight video of Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    While the Twins negotiate with Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka after bidding $5 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, here’s a five-minute highlight video put together by his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Complex: Nishioka looks pretty good, but then again I’m pretty sure someone could splice together five minutes of footage that makes Juan…

  10. What does winning negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka mean for the Twins?

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Earlier this month, when the Twins announced plans to increase their payroll even further next year after blowing away the previous franchise record with more than $100 million in salaries this year, I wrote that “getting into the $115 million range would complete the transition from small-payroll team to large-payroll team” and “maintaining a top-10…

  11. Twins win bidding for negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    No official announcement has been made yet by the Chiba Lotte Marines, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms Christensen’s report and quotes a source estimating that the Twins’ winning bid…

  12. Kaz Matsui returns to Japan as teams wait to hear results of Tsuyoshi Nishioka bidding

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    After seven seasons in the majors Kazuo Matsui has returned to Japan by signing with the Rakuten Eagles, which is interesting timing as the baseball world waits to see which team won the bidding for negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka is a speedy, switch-hitting middle infielder who won a batting title in…

  13. Chiba Lotte Marines to announce winning bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Friday

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker the Chiba Lotte Marines have received at least one acceptable bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and have scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce the winning MLB team. Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and San Diego are among the teams said to be interested in Nishioka, but various…

  14. Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka “wants to play on the West Coast”

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Later this week MLB teams are expected to bid on exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Japanese infielder “wants to play on the West Coast” and is mostly interested in the Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks, and Padres. He won’t actually have a choice in the…

  15. Scouting report on Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 9, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    With reports that shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be “posted” by his Japanese team later this week he’s suddenly an intriguing option in what is a pretty weak free agent market for middle infielders. Patrick Newman, who does a great job covering Japanese baseball for NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs, has a lengthy scouting report on…

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