Thursday, December 16, 2010
Twins Sign Nishioka for Three Years
This afternoon, SIs Jon Heyman tweeted that the Twins had signed infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to a three year, $10 million contract. It was the day after Thanksgiving when it was announced that the Twins had won exclusive rights to negotiate with Nishioka. Now that he has signed, Chiba Lotte will receive the $5+ million posting fee.
Once MLB Trade Rumors posted a tweet that the deal was done, former big leaguers CJ Nitkowski, who spent a spring training with the Twins and has pitched in Japan in recent years, tweeted the following:
UPDATE Nitkowski later responded to a tweet I had sent him about not being a fan of Nishioka, by saying, no, just making a little joke. Fun guy. He's serviceable, good speed, contact. I think posting fee and contract tell the story.
Nishioka had flown from Japan to Minneapolis and arrived late this morning. It was clear that the signing would likely take place quickly since he was coming to town. Likely the sides had agreed in principle on the deal before flight arrangements were made. I guess things like telephones, e-mail, the internet and video conference work pretty well, right?