Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka gave up $3.25 million in future pay and was granted his release from the Minnesota Twins after saying he was ashamed of his poor performance.
Nishioka will forgo the $3 million he was owed in 2013 on the final year of a three-year deal, and a $250,000 buyout, according to a statement released Friday by the team. The 28-year-old had asked to be released and is now a free agent.
Nishioka said in the statement that he refused the money because he was disappointed in the way he has performed in his two major league seasons, both in Minnesota.
"I take full responsibility for my performance, which was below my own expectations," he said. "At this time, I have made the decision that it is time to part ways. I have no regrets and know that only through struggle can a person grow stronger."
Nishioka played in three games for the Twins this season, going 0 for 12 and committing two errors.
Homer Bailey celebrated the most unforgettable night of his career in a quiet hotel bar with a handful of Cincinnati teammates, who made sure the first Reds pitcher in 24 years to throw a no-hitter didn't have to pick up the tab.
There, over bourbon on the rocks, Bailey did his best to answer each of the 140-plus congratulatory messages he received from well-wishers while trying not to let his 1-0 masterpiece over the floundering Pirates go to his head. On that front, he quite literally failed.
Asked Saturday if he'd come back to earth after experiencing such a lofty high, the 26-year-old couldn't stifle a grin.
"Hangovers usually do that, yeah," Bailey said with a laugh.
Chicago second baseman Darwin Barney committed a rare error Friday night but first baseman Anthony Rizzo took the blame.
"It hit off my glove," Rizzo said after the Cubs' 8-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It's just one of those things that I think I should have."
Barney long ago had broken Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg's NL-record 123-game streak without an error at second base and was three outs from breaking Placido Polanco's major league record of 141 games.
The error was Barney's first since April 17 -- a span of 1,1541/3 innings.
"It has been fun," Barney said. "It had to end at some point. It's just how the game works and it's a funny game. This is why baseball is unbelievable."