Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tsuyoshi Nishioka Is Coming To America


I remember this kid. In 2006 I drove to Phoenix, Anaheim and San Diego to watch World Baseball Classic Games. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was a second basemen for the Japanese team. He performed well at the WBC and helped Japan to win the classic.

Nishioka is a 26-year-old middle infielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines. Nishioka won the Pacific League batting title this year with a .346 average. He scored 121 runs, stole 22 bases and had 206 hits.

ESPN is reporting that he wants to play here and will be posted later this week. Remember, teams must pay a posting fee, which goes directly to the Japanese team and only covers the negotiating rights to that player. If the winning team doesn't sign the player within 30 days, the player returns to his original team and no fee is paid.

He can play 2nd base and shortstop but reports are that he will be a 2nd basemen here. The Dodgers have to decide if they want to bring Ryan Theriot back. If not, is Nishioka an option? I don't think the Dodgers are willing to spend money just to negotiate a contract.

ESPN has the details. {linked here}

The kid has an endorsement deal with Addidas.

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