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Friday, 23rd December 2011
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Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma in talks with MLB sides

Japanese baseball star and current free agent Hisashi Iwakuma has revealed that he hopes his future at an American Major League club will soon be finalised.

There has been lots of interest reported in the right-handed pitcher from MLB sides but no deal has yet been finalised.

The 30-year-old spent last week in the US where he held meetings with managers of various sides but discussions are ongoing, the Mainichi Daily reported.

Speaking to reporters outside the Kleenex Stadium in Japan, Iwakuma said: ''My agent is trying to work out a deal, and I want to make the final decision and feel relieved by the end of the year," the news provider quoted.

"Things are beginning to shape up," he added.

In 2010 Iwakuma was in talks with Oakland Athletics but was forced to go back to the Rakuten Eagles following a break-down in contract negotiations and the MLB side has won the negotiating rights to the pitcher in the posting system.

Meanwhile, Yu Darvish has begun talks with the Texas Rangers over a proposed move to the outfit after the southern team won the negotiating rights to the pitcher.

Written by Kimberley Homer