Sources: Twins Make 3-Year Offer to Tsuyoshi Nishioka
Minnesota won the posting for the switch-hitting Nishioka with a bid of about $5 million, according to a source, and are working on signing him for two or three years at $3-4 million per year. A second source said that the Twins have offered him a three-year deal with a total value in the range of $9-10 million.
Nishioka, 26, played for the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Japanese Pacific League, where he batted .293 over eight seasons, including a .346 average in 2010.
A person who has scouted Nishioka in Japan said he may be able to bat No. 2 in a major league lineup because of his ability to get on base and described him as a flashy if inconsistent infielder.
Minnesota would play Nishioka at second base, where he would replace Orlando Hudson.