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Tsuyoshi Nishioka | Second Baseman

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Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 176
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Tsuyoshi Nishioka has officially signed with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.
Nishioka forfeited the final $3.25 million left on his contract with the Twins in order to head back home. The 28-year-old hit a pathetic .215/.267/.236 during his time in the states. Mon, Nov 19, 2012 08:17:00 AM

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According to Sankei Sports in Japan, Tsuyoshi Nishioka has "agreed in principle" to a deal with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League.

Nishioka was released by the Twins last week after agreeing to forfeit the $3.25 million left on his contract. The 28-year-old compiled a disappointing .215/.267/.236 batting line in 71 games with the Twins while playing terrible defense. He previously played eight seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League.
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 10:56:00 AM

Twins released INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

The release was granted at Nishioka's request, and, most importantly for the Twins, the 28-year-old has agreed to forfeit the $3.25 million he has left on his contract. Nishioka was a massive disappointment in Minnesota, batting just .215/.267/.236 in 71 games over two seasons while playing erratic defense. He now seems likely to return to Japan.
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 11:45:00 AM

Twins sent INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Like the situation with Nick Blackburn, the move clears Nishioka from the 40-man roster. It also means that he cleared waivers. The 28-year-old infielder has been a huge bust stateside, posting a .215/.267/.236 batting line in 254 plate appearances while committing 14 errors. He's still owed $3 million next season while his contract includes a $4 million club option for 2014 or a $250,000 buyout.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 04:40:00 PM

Twins optioned INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester.

That didn't last long. The Twins called Nishioka up from the minors on August 5 to give him another shot, but he went 0-for-12 in three games and looked awful on defense. He's a complete bust at this point. Trevor Plouffe (thumb) was activated from the 15-day disabled list in a corresponding 25-man roster move.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 01:08:00 PM

Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 0-for-4 and committed his third error in three games at second base Wednesday.

What a disaster. Nishioka is 0-for-12 since joining the Twins on Monday, and he's been been even worse defensively than offensively. The Twins can't continue to play him.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Tsuyoshi Nishioka is starting at second base and batting seventh Monday against the Indians.

Nishioka was called up from the minors on Sunday after Danny Valencia was traded to the Red Sox. The 28-year-old had a terrible .527 OPS with the Twins last season and was hitting just .245/.309/.301 at the Triple-A level this year, so he isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues, even if he ends up getting semi-regular playing time.
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 04:12:00 PM

Twins recalled INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka from Triple-A Rochester.

He's taking the roster spot of Danny Valencia, though he won't actually join the team until Monday. It's a surprise given that Nishioka has done little to deserve another shot, batting just .245/.309/.301 over 84 games at Triple-A. He'll function as a backup infielder.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 03:41:00 PM

Twins optioned INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester.

It's a surprising move, but the Triple-A level is exactly where Nishioka belongs. The 27-year-old Japanese infielder batted just .226/.278/.249 in 240 plate appearances last year and was 6-for-25 with one extra-base hit this spring. He's owed $3 million in each of the next two seasons.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 08:52:00 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that "multiple talent evaluators" have said Tsuyoshi Nishioka "just looks really lost this spring, in his hitting and in his defense."

So, evidently nothing has changed since last season. Nishioka entered camp in competition for a bench role, but it's looking like he'll start the year at Triple-A. He's owed $3 million each of the next two years and it doesn't appear he'll be ridding himself of the "bust" label anytime soon.
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 12:02:00 PM

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (finger) is expected to start at shortstop on Wednesday.

Nishioka hasn't played since Friday due to a sprained left pinkie finger. The 27-year-old is batting .278 (5-for-18) this spring as he battles for a backup infielder job.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 05:15:00 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Thursday that Tsuyoshi Nishioka could see time at third base this spring as he prepares for a utility role.

Ryan recently acknowledged that Nishioka could start the season at Triple-A, but adding some versatility to his resume could help his chances of being useful at the major league level. The 27-year-old batted just .226/.278/.249 with zero homers, 19 RBI and a .527 OPS over 240 plate appearances in his first year stateside.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 01:46:00 PM

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune thinks the only way that Tsuyoshi Nishioka will make the Opening Day roster "is if there's an injury or he's 10 times the player he was last year."

Twins GM Terry Ryan acknowledged Thursday that the Japanese import could start the year at Triple-A, and it sounds like that might be his most likely destination. Though he's set to make $3 million, Neal notes that Nishioka can't be counted on as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement, so he doesn't really make sense as a bench player and will be better off playing regularly at Triple-A. The 27-year-old is coming off a rookie season where he batted just .226/.278/.249.
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 09:21:00 AM

Twins GM Terry Ryan acknowledged Thursday that Tsuyoshi Nishioka could land at Triple-A this year.

Nishioka is due a salary of $3 million in each of the next two seasons, but he batted just .226/.278/.249 in his first taste of the majors last year while showing very little potential on defense. The Twins are far from loaded in the middle infield so he should crack the Opening Day roster. But Nishioka might ultimately prove to be nothing more than a minor league-level player.
Thu, Feb 16, 2012 01:20:00 PM

New Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that while he wants to get another look at Tsuyoshi Nishioka, the team probably doesn't have a starting shortstop on the roster.

It's essentially the same thing recently departed GM Bill Smith said last month. Nishioka is due $3 million each of the next two seasons, so he's guaranteed a spot on the roster, but after posting a .226/.278/.249 batting line in his first season in the states, he'll have to really turn things around in order to regain a starting spot.
Tue, Nov 8, 2011 01:43:00 PM

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