Iwamura Wants To Stay In Majors

Akinori Iwamura wishes to continue playing in North America next season, tweets Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker.  The infielder is coming off by far the worst of his four major league seasons, posting a .535 OPS in 229 plate appearances with the Pirates (who released him in September) and the Athletics (who released him two weeks ago).  Iwamura's ability to play both second and third makes him a candidate for teams in need of infield depth this winter, but it seems almost certain that he'd have to sign a minor league contract and then perform well in spring training to win a spot on a big league roster.

If this scenario doesn't play out for the 31-year-old and he decides to return to his native country after all, Newman believes that Iwamura's Japanese rights are still held by Yakult.  Iwamura played all nine of his professional seasons in Japan with the Swallows, and it was Yakult who acquired the $4.5MM posting fee for the infielder when his rights were obtained by Tampa Bay in the 2006-07 offseason. 

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  1. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    I want to play in the majors too. Our chances are about the same.

  2. Dev0 5 years ago

    A fit for the Jays? Sign him and have MacDonald and him as the backup infeilders if he produces then move Hill to third and start him at 2nd? I mean he’s at least worth a tryout he has succeeded in the AL east.

    • Sniderlover 5 years ago

      No thanks. I would rather have Eamus as a bench player.

    • Backup_Slider 5 years ago

      You’re overlooking the fact his Canadian is incredibly poor.

  3. unbiasedhomer 5 years ago

    In related news, the sun rose in the east.

  4. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    It woud be cool if Nakajima an Iwamura were a middle infield combo.

    • Ian_Smell 5 years ago

      Until Iwamura does his signature move of grounding to second coupled with his five feet of range he gets in each direction.

  5. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Too bad he sucks.

  6. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    I don’t think so. I thought he was pretty good with Tampa. He lost the 3B job to Longoria, then the 2B to Brigniac, got hurt and has never been the same. Pittsburg was a downer for him and he was making too much money for them. I thought that when Oakland picked him up things were looking better for him. The A’s are pretty good judges of talent, and when they cut him, it set off bells and whistles in my mind. I hope he can recover from the injury and help some team. But it’s going to be after signing a minor leaague deal somewhere.

    • Hubbs2 5 years ago

      Cause that Holliday trade worked out so well for Oakland

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        Your point is …?

        • Hubbs2 5 years ago

          I think the whole Oakland judge of talent and getting the most out of their pick ups is highly overrated. Please tell me the last good trade or signing they made

          • Slopeboy 5 years ago

            There hasn’t been a good trade or signing in a while. About the only decent signing recently would be Crisp and that’s nothing great. But Oakland gets most of their talent on the cheap, either from their farm system or ‘projects’, that satisfy their needs.Trades and FA signings does not talent evaluators make.Many of their players leave because of money. Zito, Swisher, Damon, Scaturo to name a few. Because they don’t stay means the A’s don’t recognize talent? You can’t dismiss their talent evlaluations on the basis of one trade. Holliday didn’t work out for who knows what reason, but you can’t say he is not talented. The Rockies and the cards would dispute that claim.

  7. I am glad the A’s ended that relationship. It was worth giving him a look but we saw enough to know he was not a fit in Oakland

  8. yazpik 5 years ago

    If you´re awful in the Pirates, you´re one of the worst players in MLB

  9. Tko11 5 years ago

    And I want an invitation to the playboy mansion…

  10. “If you´re awful in the Pirates, you´re one of the worst players in MLB”

    Like Jose Bautista?

  11. hawkny1 5 years ago

    Akinori should have been thinking along these lines in ST, 2010!

  12. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    hello bridgeport bluefish

  13. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    hello bridgeport bluefish

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