Tsuyoshi Nishioka did the unthinkable on Friday. The middle infielder requested and received his unconditional release from the Minnesota Twins, and by doing so forfeited $3.25 million in salary that remained on his contract.
The move effectively ended a less-than-stellar stint with the club after Minnesota inked him to a 3-year, $9.25 million deal in 2010. That doesn't include the $5.3 million for the rights to negotiate with Nishioka either.
Nishioka played in just 69 games for the Twins over the last two seasons and posted an abysmal .215 average with only five extra base hits and 20 RBIs. He suffered a broken leg during the '10 campaign that likely contributed to his downfall as well.
Not only did the 28-year old give money back, but he also issued an apology.
"I take full responsibility for my performance which was below my own expectations. At this time, I have made the decision that it is time to part ways. I have no regrets and know that only through struggle can a person grow stronger," said Nishioka through a statement released by the Twins.
It's presumed that the maligned infielder will return to the pro ranks in Japan in 2013.
Via USA Today.