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The Athletics sign Akinori Iwamura for some reason

Sep 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

When you hit .182/.292/.267 and are DFA’d by the Pirates, you probably shouldn’t expect to land on your feet in the big leagues in short order. Akinori Iwamura did, however, getting signed by the A’s right after Pittsburgh released him.

The reason: Kevin Kouzmanoff is having back issues and has missed six games in a row. Someone’s got to play third. Otherwise there would be a bunch of bunt singles, and that just aggravates the pitching staff. 

  1. CM_Wang - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    The guy had WARs of 2.5+ in 07 and 08. He sure looks like he’s in decline/godawful, but I think there’s at least a decent chance that he’s a starter at 2B for an offensively challenged 2011 A’s team. Sayonara, Mark Ellis.

  2. RaiderDave - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

    Shouldn’t look at this as anymore than a short-term solution to a problem facing a team that still has very slim hopes of going to the postseason. They have plenty of talent at 2B in their farm system that will likely be introduced into the bigs next year. Iwamura is (technically) MLB-ready.

  3. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Probably just taking him for a test drive. Given that Mark Ellis probably isn’t being brought back, heck, why not give it a shot.

  4. APBA Guy - Sep 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

    Aki started at 3rd today in place of the injured Kouz. Since it appears that Kouz’s injury is not responding as well as hoped, and the experiments at 3rd with Larish et al have not been, shall we say, satisfactory, we are on to the Iwamura era.
    It is unlikely that Aki would be a candidate at 2nd next year if the A’s don’t sign Ellis. Although Ellis is a non-tender at $5M per year, at significantly less the A’s would take him back. But if Ellis moves on via free agency the A’s would most likely promote one of their many minor league prospects or use injured utility man Adam Rosales for the bulk of the starts at 2nd . They’ve drafted middle infield heavily the last two drafts.

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