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A’s bid for Hisashi Iwakuma’s negotiating rights believed to be “in the $15 million range”

Nov 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

Various sources confirm that Oakland has secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the A’s winning bid was in the $15 million range.”

Oakland will pay that “posting fee” to Iwakuma’s team in Japan only if the two sides are able to agree on a contract and there’s a 30-day deadline for negotiations. Iwakuma does not get any of the posting fee, so he’s on his own to work out a separate deal.

Slusser speculates that signing Iwakuma would motivate the A’s to shop their various young starting pitchers, which means Vin Mazzaro, Gio Gonzalez, and Dallas Braden may soon be available “for a big bat.”

  1. apbaguy - Nov 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Interesting. On Oct 5 Beane told Slusser he thought the A’s biggest need was “good health”. That’s a problem that’s true for every team, especially one with no depth like the A’s.

    If they had $ 15M to spend on a posting fee, think of how many Aubrey Huff/Juan Uribe useful pieces they could get for that.

    It also signals that they have more money than they have previously indicated publicly, in addition to the conclusion Susan reaches about Mazzaro and Braden becoming available (I think Gio less so, as he has more tools than Braden, but is less finished.)

    • hackerjay - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM

      Don’t forget that they just had $12.5 million come off the books for Eric Chavez and $10 million go away from Ben Sheets, so they have some flexability. also, once they do sign a contract with the guy they will probably back load it to make the sting a bit less from this $15 million.

  2. granted42 - Nov 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Dallas for Dan. Braden can take his 209 to 305, and Uggla can play for an even less crowded stadium.

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