Tuesday, 21st December 2010
Japanese hitter signed by Minnesota
The Minnesota Twins has confirmed that it has signed a Japanese baseball hitter in a three-year deal.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka will play for the club until 2014 under a new $9 million contract confirmed by the America League club. It is understood that Nishioka's former team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, will recive a posting fee of $5.3 million.
Nishioka figured into the Twins offseason plans to add offensive speed. The reigning division champions of the American League Central stole 68 bases this past season, tied with the Boston Red Sox for the second lowest in the American League.
The ex-Chiba Lotte Marines captain has a strong record in the Pacific League with a .346 batting average and 206 hits - making him the first player in the league to achieve a 200-hit season since Ichiro Suzuki 1994 for the Orix BlueWave.
Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome was the home ground of the Twins until they moved this year to the new Target Field.
Written by Mark Smith.