Tsuyoshi Nishioka met with the Chiba Lotte Marines yesterday. He also has plans to meet with the Orix Buffaloes and Hanshin Tigers. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2012
Sanspo has posted parts of the Q&A from Nishioka's press conference on Monday:
What are your feelings right now?
Lotte still needs me and I could feel that. I am very grateful. This will be a very difficult decision because they are the team that helped me become the player I am.
Any changes to your feelings?
Yes. To be needed by the team that helped establish you as a player, I think that team needs to be considered the most. And there is really no reason to turn them down.
Will you listen to all offers?
The moment I decided to return, I felt I wanted to listen to all offers. Regardless of whether I sign, I want to listen to all offers. This kind of opportunity does not come often. I also do not know which path is right and whether I succeed depends on me.
Is there are position you want to play?
The most important thing is whether a team needs me. However, I have only played second and short so I think those two [positions].
Will you remain even-keeled until you meet with all interested teams?
I will stay level until I meet with all teams. I will not make my decision based on money.
Source: Sanspo 11/6/2012
Lotte may have offered Nishioka a two-year deal worth an estimated 400M yen. The base salary is apparently 170M yen (no change since his last contact with Lotte) a year with the rest being performance bonuses. Souce: Sports Hochi 11/6/2012
Sponichi thinks Lotte may have offered him a two-year deal worth an estimated 300M yen. They also note that the Tigers may have offered a two-year deal worth more than 500M yen. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2012
Nishioka was also apparently happy that Naoki Matsumoto, the former-scout that was in charge of him back when he drafted, attended the meeting. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2012
Daily Sports has also posted the Q&A from his press conference, but it is a little long. I do not have the time to translate it now, but may come back to it later. Here are a few things that were mentioned: there is no set deadline for his decision, other than it will take place after he meets all teams that are interested in him and has had a chance to think; he does not appear to be thinking about going back to the US at this point; he has received offers from more than two teams; he has been back in Japan since October 19.
The Hanshin Tigers are a little concerned Nishioka might back out. To that end, they plan to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss what else can be done to secure his signature.
The team could meet with Nishioka as early as the 9th.
The Orix Buffaloes will meet with Nishioka within the next few days as well. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/6/2012
Daily Sports notes they are scheduled to meet on the 7th. Source: Daily Sports 11/6/2012
Assistant team director Ryuzo Setoyama could also get involved in the negotiations. Source: Sponichi 11/6/2012