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.