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After failing to sign with A’s last offseason, Hisashi Iwakuma will give MLB another try in 2012

Aug 1, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

Hisashi Iwakuma

This winter Oakland secured exclusive negotiating rights with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma by bidding $19 million, but that posting fee was refunded when the two sides couldn’t agree to a contract during a contentious negotiating process.

At the time Iwakuma’s agent, Don Nomura, publicly criticized the A’s on Twitter and via various media members, but now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he’s dropped Nomura and hired Paul Cobbe as his new agent with an eye toward giving MLB another shot this offseason.

Crasnick notes that because Iwakuma has now played 10 seasons in Japan he can become an outright free agent without the need for a bidding process, posting fee, or exclusive negotiating rights. In other words, he’ll simply hit the open market alongside other impending free agent pitchers.

Opinions vary on whether Iwakuma is capable of being a top-of-the-rotation starter in MLB or projects as more of a mid-rotation guy, but either way the 30-year-old right-hander will have no shortage of offers.

  1. clydeserra - Aug 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    IN retrospect, doesn;t it seem like he would make more money this way? Was the team pushing for the posting process to make some cash?

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    what a stupid system, once the A’s couldnt meet the guy’s demands another team should have been given a shot. Who came up with this silly system? Bud Selig that idiot?

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