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Source: Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka interested in playing for the Dodgers

Another Japanese player could be on his way to Los Angeles.

Middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka is likely to be made available to major league clubs by the Chiba Lotte Marines in the near future and the Dodgers are his preferred landing spot, according to a baseball source close to him who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Nishioka wants to play on the West Coast and is also interested in playing for the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks, the source said.

The Dodgers are known to have scouted Nishioka, a 26-year-old switch-hitting shortstop who led Japan’s Pacific League in hitting this year with a .346 average. In the majors, Nishioka could be moved to second base, a position he played at the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

The Dodgers could use depth in the middle of their infield. Shortstop Rafael Furcal has a history of back problems and second baseman Ryan Theriot might not be tendered a contract.

It’s unknown whether the Dodgers have the necessary financial resources to land Nishioka.

If Nishioka is “posted” by the Marines, as multiple sources expect him to be, Major League Baseball will hold a four-day silent auction during which teams can submit sealed bids to win exclusive negotiating rights with him. The team with the winning bid will have a 30-day window to agree on a contract with the player. If a deal is reached, the Marines will receive the posting fee in exchange for him.

This week the Oakland A’s won the right to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma by submitting a posting bid of about $17 million, according to published reports. The Marines would let Nishioka go to the U.S. even if his posting fee is considerably less than that, one source said.

Nishioka has chosen the Beverly Hills Sports Council to represent him if he moves to the majors.

-- Dylan Hernandez

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Colletti will submit a sealed bid of $5 mil and say he is pursuing Hishioki with money being no obstacle. At 2b, Ryan Theriot.

It's ironic that a Japanese team would call themselves the Marines.

This won't happen for financial reasons.

bidding on the asian/japanese athletes in this manner -- here in the 21st century! -- is absolutely outrageous!!!...

akin to what whitey-america did to african "imports" several centuries ago.....

slavery lives on!!!

Only way NedCo could make a bid is if they could defer payment through 2018.

JUST SO LONG as Ned doesn't tender Theriot. His stats are what they are for a reason. You can predict the future of his next team with them. You can't predict De Jesus'. We need to stop the Torre-think another player's always better, no matter his obvious mediocrity, when he isn't a homegrown rook.

So how much will Nishioka accept to play in his chosen LA? If less than everywhere else in the NL West he also seems to prefer playing at, maybe we can make a deal. Ivan can back him up.

Hey Times, how's De Jesus playing under the manager in Phoe? A report, please.

Native Angeleno: Here are De Jesus' numbers in the Arizona Fall League:
.352 batting average, 10 runs, nine RBI, zero stolen bases, eight walks, .444 on-base percentage in 54 at-bats.

It would be good for the Dodgers to land Nishioka, since they're in need of a second baseman if Theriot isn't tendered. The .346 BA looks great.
But of course they may not be able to afford him. Which seems to be a big problem with this team.

I'm not sure the Dodgers posting fee offer of a Dodger Stadium Family Four Pack, four tickets, four Dodger Dogs and four drinks (soft only, beer extra), will be sufficient to land this player.

Of course, the small print will indicate that parking is not included.

YES!!!........sign Tsuyoshi NOW!!! this then would create some middle-infield talent, from which duds could then trade from a position of strength, as either of 2 fine yound prospects, i.e., Gordon or DeJesus, might be traded to obtain (much-needed!) help @ other positions, i.e., pitching

It will be great if this happens. Dodgers need a lot of help. But are the kids at the academy in Dominican republic not producing ?


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