Nishioka Interested in Dodgers?
If Japanese batting champ Tsuyoshi Nishioka is posted by the Chiba Lotte Marines for transfer to the Major Leagues, he wants to play for the Dodgers, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times that cited an anonymous source. However, the report does not say if the Dodgers, who need a left fielder and starting pitcher, will bid on the shortstop. Rafael Furcal is the starter there and he has another year left on his contract. There could be an opening at second base if the Dodgers non-tender Ryan Theriot. The report said Nishioka also wants to play for Arizona, San Francisco and San Diego. – Ken Gurnick