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Iwakuma's agent blasts A's for contract talks

Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:42 am
Edited on: November 22, 2010 12:43 pm
Iwakuma Agent Don Nomura took to Twitter early Monday morning to correct some misinformation about the breakdown of discussions between the Athletics and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Earlier, it was revealed that Iwakuma was asking for "Barry Zito" money -- that's seven years, $126 million. However, Nomura refutes that, saying he would have accepted less than $9 million annually for Iwamura's services and that the "Zito money" comparable has the posting fee factored in. The key here is that it would have been less than $9 million annually, but payable directly to Iwakuma.

Meanwhile, Oakland was adamant about factoring in the posting fee, reported to be $19.1 million by Nomura in any contract. Using Colby Lewis' two-year, $5 million pact and Kei Igawa's five-year, $20 million deal as comparables, the A's offered $3.81 million per year over four years payable directly to Iwamura.

That wasn't going to fly with Iwamura nor his agent, who countered with Hiroki Kuroda's three-year, $35.3 million salary and Daisuke Matsuzaka's six-year, $52 million contract as comparables. Matsuzaka, for one, has an average annual salary of $17.2 million when including posting fee -- but a posting fee is not calculated for payroll concerns, so as Nomura points out, it didn't make sense for him to factor the posting fee in.

Nomura also vented about the A's blaming the player camp for asking for a lot of money after Oakland attempted to play hardball and tendered the offer as take-it-or-leave it, with a deadline Saturday to inform the public that negotiations ground to a halt. Nomura called the A's bluff and now talks are essentially dead although the actual deadline is Dec. 8. Given how the Red Sox and Matsuzaka needed every last minute of the deadline, don't be so quick to consider these talks dead.

If talks are indeed dead, Iwakuma will just play in Japan one more year and then come to the States as a free agent, open to any team for bidding. Meanwhile, Oakland will chase two free-agent pitchers as Nomura reveals, adding that the reported five-year, $64 million offer tendered to third baseman Adrian Beltre is simply a PR move.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Apr 9, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:50 pm

Iwakuma's agent blasts A's for contract talks

If he has an awkward delivery that means he probably will have a year of success (see hideki okijima) before the league finally figures him out.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:50 am

Iwakuma's agent blasts A's for contract talks

Having played with Iwakuma in Japan I can tell you that he is not even close to Kuroda or Matszaka. For me, he is a generic righty with a very awkward delievery. Also, he has no chance to keep up with the rigors of being a starter here as he is very frail, both mentally and phsically. Good Luck to him though as he is a nice kid.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 11:45 am

Iwakuma's agent blasts A's for contract talks

I think these guys should play in triple A for a year or two, just to see if they really got the stuff. They usually flame out after a year or two and getting all that money is a killer for a team. I can't remember the name of the writer but one guy likened japanese baseball to no better than triple A ball. Dice k hasn't had a good season since 08, even though he was awesome then, going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA. Since then it's been pretty lean.

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