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    Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    This could be interesting. Surprised the Twins won the bid. He was last year's batting champ in the Japanese Pacific League. He is 26, shortstop and 2B.

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    Twins secure negotiating rights for Nishioka with $5 million bid | StarTribune.com

    His career stats:
    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, JapaneseBallPlayers.com: Infielder T.Nishioka of Chiba Lotte Marines



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Bye Bye JJ Hardy!!



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Quote Originally Posted by pyrocyz View Post
    Bye Bye JJ Hardy!!
    Probably....they have 30 days to negotiate a contract. Not so sure he would bring much more of a bat than Hardy, but he would definitely add speed defensively, and on the base paths, which the Twins need.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    At a cursory glance, looks like it could be a nice pickup, gotta like the plate discipline, though I didn't see K numbers.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Git Er Dun Twinz



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Also, JJ Hardy would be more likely to stay and Orlando Hudson would be more likely to leave. If that's the case the Twins would move this guy to 2nd and that would be a LOT better than Casilla.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Just for fun......his Japanese Adidas commercial
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCpvdRulq_4&feature=youtube_gdata_player"]YouTube - Impossible Is Nothing - Tsuyoshi Nishioka[/ame]

    and some samples of him hitting and play:

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6fRGv-35WM[/ame]

    Hope they sign him......it could be fun.



    Last edited by Dryburn; 11-26-2010 at 02:04 PM.

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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    as a cubs fan, I have learned to not get my hopes up about a hyped up japenese player. just saying



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Keith Law said he was "valuable as an everyday guy on a second-division club," so I'm not so sure you want to get too excited about him.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Better than Casilla



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    I had heard comparisons to Ichiro, but he definately doesn't look like him at bat. Keeps his weight back.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Quote Originally Posted by istater7 View Post
    as a cubs fan, I have learned to not get my hopes up about a hyped up japenese player. just saying
    Yep. Don't get your hopes up, Twinkies.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsCYence View Post
    Also, JJ Hardy would be more likely to stay and Orlando Hudson would be more likely to leave. If that's the case the Twins would move this guy to 2nd and that would be a LOT better than Casilla.
    This is what I'm thinking, will be quite disappointed if they let Hardy walk as well. I remember one of the selling points of acquiring Hardy for Gomez was that Hardy would have at least 2 years with the Twins, so I do doubt they'd let him slip.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsCYence View Post
    Also, JJ Hardy would be more likely to stay and Orlando Hudson would be more likely to leave. If that's the case the Twins would move this guy to 2nd and that would be a LOT better than Casilla.
    That choice is no longer up to the Twins. It's up to Hudson.

    The Twins offered Hudson arbitration, so if Hudson accepts, the Twins HAVE to keep him at a salary set in arbitration. The only way Hudson leaves now is if he declines, which is certainly a possibility, but the Twins have no say in it anymore.



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    Re: Twins fans.....Twins win bid for negotiation rights with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    I had heard comparisons to Ichiro, but he definately doesn't look like him at bat. Keeps his weight back.
    If by comparison to Ichiro they meant he is also Japanese, then yes he's exactly like Ichiro. I can compare Jeff Francouer to Lou Gherig too but it doesn't mean they are remotely similar players.



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