Phillies, Indians Interested In Akinori Iwamura
27 year-old Japanese third baseman Akinori Iwamura is being pursued by both the Phillies and the Indians.
Pat Gillick mentioned today that he has a lot of interest in Iwamura to play third for the Phils. You may recall that Gillick imported Ichiro back when he was GM of the Mariners. Another convenient factor is that manager Charlie Manuel has played in Japan before.
The Tribe is showing interest as well, but are committed to Andy Marte at third base. They would ask Iwamura to convert to second base.