Nishioka reportedly to be posted

According to ESPN.com’s Tim Kurkjian –who cited an unnamed source close to the situation — middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be posted to MLB teams this week. The whole story can be read here.

Nishioka is 26-year-old middle infielder for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Pacific League in Japan who the Orioles have scouted. Should the report be true and he actually is posted, the O’s will add him to their list of middle infield candidates to take under consideration.

Shortstop Cesar Izturis is one of seven players who filed for free agency and there’s a chance he returns to Baltimore, particularly if the O’s get what they covet most: a corner infield power bat.

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