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Tsuyoshi Nishioka and the secret agreement with Lotte

by on Nov.14, 2010 @ 12:00 pm, under NPB

The Chiba Lotte Marines and Tsuyoshi Nishioka apparently put together a secret agreement after the 2009 off-season that essentially guaranteed a posting if a) the team did well and b) Nishioka had a good season.

While the club would like Nishioka to stay, they are also not expected to go back on their word (or put it off another year).

Said acting owner Akio Shigemitsu, "We're currently trying to persuade him to stay, but his desire to go [to the Majors] is strong and we would like to let him go."