A's Unable To Reach Agreement With Hisashi Iwakuma

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Talks Between Hisashi Iwakuma, A's Broken Off

When the Oakland A's won the rights to Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, it was seen as an aggressive move by Billy Beane's front office, and an indication that the team was gearing up to make a run in 2011. But now things have taken an unexpected turn, as contract talks between the A's and Iwakuma have broken off, and Iwakuma appears set to return to his Japanese team for the 2011 season.

After winning Iwakuma's rights, the A's reportedly offered low contracts, using Colby Lewis and Kei Igawa as comparisons. Iwakuma and his agent responded by pointing to pricier players like Hiroki Kuroda and Daisuke Matsuzaka, and talks didn't advance from there. The A's didn't budge, and negotiations didn't proceed.

There remains some time for the two sides to work something out, but judging by the recent Twitter history of Iwakuma's agent Don Nomura, that isn't going to happen, and Iwakuma will return to Japan. If and when that happens, the A's will be returned their posting fee - $18 million - and Iwakuma will be on track to become a free agent a year from now. As a free agent, he would no longer have to go through the posting process.

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Hisashi Iwakuma's Rights Won By Oakland A's

Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma was posted last week, and interested Major League suitors submitted blind bids in an effort to win the right to negotiate a contract with him. There were very strong rumors coming out of the AL West, where both the Mariners and Rangers were at one time considered the favorites, but in the end, a surprise contender won out, as it's the Oakland A's who now have a chance to sign Iwakuma to a deal.

Ken Rosenthal first named the A's as a possibility late last week, and on Sunday, Don Nomura - Iwakuma's agent - tweeted a message saying the A's had won. This has since been confirmed by MLB, according to Jon Morosi.

Rakuten - Iwakuma's old team - has until Thursday to decide whether or not it will accept Oakland's bid. The probability seems high that it will, and if they do, the A's will then have a 30-day window in which they must negotiate a contract with the pitcher. Should Rakuten reject the bid, or should the A's and Iwakuma fail to reach an agreement, Iwakuma would return to his old team, and the A's would get their posting fee back.

Though the A's featured a strong and young pitching staff in 2010, the idea is that, by stockpiling arms, they would be able to trade one or two of them for a hitter.

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