To say Akinori Iwamura's season was disappointing would be an understatement. He entered the year as Pittsburgh's highest-paid player, was banished to the minors after putting up a horrendous .182/.292/.267 line in 54 games, and finally was released on Friday.
It appears the Athletics are willing to take him on as a reclamation project, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports that they'll sign him Monday. The A's need another third baseman with Kevin Kouzmanoff sidelined and Jeff Larish, plucked off waivers from the Tigers on August 3, in a .174/.255/.348 death spiral since arriving in Oakland.
Iwamura, 31, was a standout player in Japan and showed in his first three years in Tampa Bay that he can play (.281 average with good defense), but the fact that he's Oakland's best option at this point is not a great sign for the A's.
-- David Andriesen
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