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Report: Mariners close to signing Iwakuma

Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:08 am
Edited on: January 1, 2012 1:10 am
 
Hisashi IwakumaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Mariners are close to signing Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, according to Nikkan Sports (via YakyuBaka.com).

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The A's won the bidding for Iwamura's posting fee last offseason, but were unable to reach an agreement with him in the 30-day window, so he returned to Japan for the 2011 season, where he went 6-7 with a 2.42 ERA in 17 games. In parts of 11 seasons in Japan, he went 107-69 with a 3.25 ERA and started three games -- including the championship game -- for Japan in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In the WBC, he finished with a 1.35 ERA in three starts, two against South Korea and one against Cuba.

Iwakuma, 30, was limited by right shoulder problems in May, but went on to pitch well the rest of the season. Iwakuma exercised his international free agent option, allowing him to sign with any Major League team.

There had been reports that as many as five teams had interest in Iwakuma, and then recently the number was listed at four, including the A's, Twins and Mariners. The Pirates and Nationals were also rumored to be interested in Iwakuma at some point.

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pinghootor
Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: January 3, 2012 11:46 am
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Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Report: Mariners close to signing Iwakuma

This seems like a smart move to gain pitching depth to back up their young starters.  As well the team needs to develop an athletic aggressive offense.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:48 am
 

Report: Mariners close to signing Iwakuma

Sign somebody legit! How about a hitter! You can sure tell who owns the Mariners.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:47 am
 

Report: Mariners close to signing Iwakuma

Message to Mariners brass...sign somebody legit. Preferably a big bat for your 3 or 4 hole. Another Japanese player, especially one with shoulder problems is not going to help win the division. You can sure tell who owns the Seattle Mariners.


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