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Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma said to be eyeing MLB

Sep 14, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

Hisashi Iwakuma is one of the best pitchers in Japan and according to Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times he “wants to try and head to MLB via posting after the season.”
Coskey adds that Iwakuma’s team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, are “said to be reluctant” to let him go, no doubt in part because they still have the 29-year-old under contract for another season.
However, Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs told MLB Trade Rumors that the Golden Eagles may want to get value in return for Iwakuma before losing him for nothing as a free agent.
Newman recently pegged Iwakuma as “the second-best MLB pitching prospect” in Japan behind phenom Yu Darvish, calling him “a fairly standard fastball/slider/forkball righty” who “can reach 95 mph with his fastball, but mostly works around 90-91.”
Iwakuma has a 2.74 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 187 innings this season. His best year came in 2008, when he went 21-4 with a 1.87 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 201.2 innings. And, obviously, he looks dapper in a suit.

  1. birdmancometh - Sep 14, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    But the question is…Is he good enough to pay millions for the right to talk to him, then sign him for millions more? I say no and I know nothing about him. I mean damn, the Red Sox paid $50 mil for the right to talk to Dice K! Thats more than a full years pay roll for the Padres and Pirates!

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