Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Tsuyoshi Nishioka requested out of his contract with the Minnesota Twins and is walking away from a guaranteed $3.25 million. But the former Japanese all-star didn't make the decision in a vacuum. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday there had been conversations with Nishioka's management team before the sides agreed to part with one year left on Nishioka's three-year, $9.25 million deal. Released from the 40-man roster on Aug. 20, Nishioka was staring down another season at Class AAA Rochester in 2013."He didn't want to be in Rochester, and not because it's not a nice affiliate; he didn't have that in mind from the get-go, and neither did we," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "All right; how are we going to get this things sound where both of us are happy? So I'm sure he'll do well in Japan, and it certainly frees up some payroll for us." The move means Nishioka can sign with any club anywhere, and releases the Twins from their obligation to pay his $3 mi...
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