Tuesday, 7th December 2010
Baseball player Iwakuma returns to Japan
Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is to return to Japan to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles after failing to reach an agreement with the US-based Oakland A's.
According to the Mainichi Daily News, the player and the team could not finalise a contract before a set deadline, especially as sources reveal that Iwakuma had already decided that he would play in Japan.
It is understood that the pitcher believed offers of $19.1 million and a four year contract were below current market values.
The Oakland A's have now failed to sign a number of key players in recent months including Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre.
Meanwhile, the Californian team has confirmed it has re-signed outfielder Ryan Sweeney for a further year and avoided possible arbitration. The 25-year-old player did have a .294 batting average in the last season, with one home run in 82 games, before being treated for right patella tendinitis on July 30th.
Written by Susan Ballion