Sunday, November 7, 2010

Iwakuma Update

Patrick Newman intimates that Rakuten will accept the high bid for Iwakuma which "might exceed 16m." An earlier story but Rosenthal quoted a source suggesting that the Texas bid was "light" but then an even earlier source suggested that Texas might have had the high bid.

UPDATE:
Various sources report that Oakland has put in the high bid for Iwakuma.

UPDATE Dos:
Hayman reports that the Oakland's winning bid was ~17k. I thought that on overall package totaling 48k seemed about right (16k bid, 4yrs, 8m/per). I'm interested to see what the contract is...

John Shea says ~15m...

UPDATE Tres:
MLBTR notes a Kurkijian piece about the imminent posting of the top NPB position player, Tsuyoshi Nishioka (2b and/or SS). He's only 26, so it is unique for such a nice player to be posted so young. It will be interesting to see what it takes to bring him over. Patrick Newman has a piece up at Fangraphs.

UPDATE Four:
I found it a little disturbing that Oakland already has sort of a staff exchange program set up with NPB's Rakuten, allowing them great insight into Iwakuma's performance over the last 2 years and how that might translate stateside. I would think that they have as good a feel for him as anyone, so if they think his is worth it, I wouldn't bet against them. Elaborating one's contacts in this manner - creating a semi-permanent presence in Pacific Rim countries that exceeds mere scouting - might be the best way to create the inside track on future postings and FA signings. The Yankees, Cubs, Giants and Dodgers are a few of the clubs who have that kind of presence in Japan and/or Korea. They sponsor tournaments, workshops, traveling teams, and staff exchanges. To my knowledge, Texas' only presence in the Pacific Rim is Colburn and his staff which might not be enough.



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