Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Review-Tribune reports via Twitter that the Pirates, who designated second baseman Akinori Iwamura for assignment June 16, have been unable to trade him. Iwamura will report to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
It's no surprise given Iwamura's lack of production (.182 and nine RBI in 54 games) and salary -- he was the Pirates' highest-paid player this season at $4.85 million. The Pirates acquired him from Tampa Bay last winter.
-- David Andriesen
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