Twins win bidding for Japan's Nishioka

Twins win bidding for Japan's Nishioka

The Twins won the bidding for Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Friday.

The Twins have 30 days to work out a deal with the 26-year-old shortstop, who hit .346 last season with the Chiba Lotte Marines to win the Nippon Professional Baseball batting crown. reported the winning bid was $5.3 million. If the two sides cannot work out a deal in 30 days, the posting fee will be refunded.

A switch-hitter who can also play second base, Nishioka helped the Marines to the Japan Series title last season and led Japanese baseball in games (144), runs (121), hits (206) and total bases (287).

An eight-year veteran, Nishioka is a career .293 hitter with a .364 on-base percentage and .426 slugging percentage. He also has averaged 28 steals per season over the past seven years.

Nishioka helped lead Japan to victory in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and played for Japan in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.