A representative for veteran Japanese player Toshihisa Nishi approached the Orioles about a possible Minor League job, and Baltimore is reviewing whether it has room to offer him a contract to play for Triple-A Norfolk. Nishi, a three-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glover in Japan, is also a former teammate of Koji Uehara’s with the Yomiuri Giants.
Nishi, who most recently played for the Yokohama Baystars, has manned second base exclusively for much of the last decade. The 38-year-old originally tried to come stateside right before the 2005 season but couldn’t find a contract to his liking. This time, Nishi is just looking for a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.
— Spencer Fordin