The final numbers on Tsuyoshi Nishioka's contract: a 3-year deal worth US$9.25M ($3M/year) with a club option for a 4th year (at US$4M or a US$250,000 buyout); the Minnesota Twins will now pay the winning posting bid of US$5,329,000 to the Chiba Lotte Marines.
The Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III notes a couple of facts on the deal:
The Twins were one of four MLB teams that never signed a player from the NPB. The other three: the Cincinnati Reds, Florida Marlins, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Nishioka will be the 52nd Japanese-born player to play in the majors.
For the time being, it seems Nishioka will most likely play second with Alexi Casilla taking short. A final decision will be made during spring training.
Nikkan Sports is carrying the following comments from Nishioka:
The facilities are great and the locker rooms were clean. I'm grateful to be able to play for a team like this. I'm happy.
They let me see the stadium and it slowly started to sink in that this is where I'll be playing.
It's a lot colder here than I thought it would be. But it isn't like I'll be playing baseball here at this time of year, and it means I won't have to worry about hot summers.
Negotiations went so well that I feel I can now focus solely on doing my absolute best.
Sponichi feels Nishioka could be assigned the number 1, with its former owner, Orlando Hudson, leaving via free agency. Sponichi adds that Kosuke Fukudome (2008-present) and Akinori Iwakmura (2007-2009, 2010) have also worn (or still wear) the number 1 in the Majors.
And for those wondering what the Marines will do with the money they'll get from posting Nishioka: according to Sponichi, they won't use it for strengthening the club, but rather to do something for the fans (they plan on sitting down with Nishioka to discuss ideas).