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Mariners, 2 other AL teams vie for Iwakuma

Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:04 am
Edited on: January 24, 2012 8:55 pm

Veteran Japanese League pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is deciding where to sign between the Mariners and two other American League teams, a source familiar with the situation said. Tim Dierkes of @mlbtraderumors identified one of the two unknown teams as the Orioles.

Iwakuma is the fellow who couldn't quite work out a deal with the A's last winter after they won the right to negotiate with him with a $19.1-million bid. Reportedly, they then offered him $15.25 million over four years, but he didn't accept. So now he is a free agent. No word on whether the A's could be the other unknown team in the mix this time.

Iwakuma, a righthander, has had a lot of success in Japan. But this time around, the pursuits may be slightly muted due to word he had some shoulder trouble in Japan this year. He went 6-7 with a 2.42 ERA for Rakuten.

Category: MLB

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:53 pm

Mariners, 2 other AL teams vie for Iwakuma

Perfect fit for my "in the running for....." Mariners. Still have done nothing to help the team this offseason but always seem to be mentioned when talking about any free agents.

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