Japan’s Hisashi Iwakuma aims at MLB free agency

A Japanese starting pitcher who nearly joined a Major League team last winter has hired a new agent ahead of this offseason, when he’s expected to once again be a sought-after arm.

ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported that Hisashi Iwakuma, a 30-year-old righty, has hired Paul Cobbe of Sosnick-Cobbe Sports to be his agent. The Oakland A’s paid $19.1 million to negotiate with Iwakuma last winter, but Iwakuma’s former agent, Don Nomura, and the A’s could not reach a deal. Oakland’s posting fee was returned.

Nomura reported in December that Oakland had offered Iwakuma a deal comparable in salary to what Iwakuma was making in Japan’s Pacific League, about four years and $15.25 million.

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