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...