MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka are parting ways.
Nishioka approached the team about his release, and the Twins granted the request by letting him go unconditionally. That means Minnesota is not responsible for the 3 million remaining on Nishioka's contract next season or its 250,000 buyout provision.
The Twins signed Nishioka from Japan prior to the 2011 season, giving him a three-year, 9.25 million contract. While playing in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Nishioka was a batting champion and a Gold Glove infielder. But that success never translated to the American game.
It was a rough go from the start for Nishioka in Minnesota; he broke his leg during the first week of the 2011 season on a play at second base. He was expected to be the team's starting shortstop but played in just 68 games last season, hitting .226 with 19 RBI and five extra-base hits in 221 at-bats. He also struggled in the field, committing 12 errors (includin...