Team owner Jun Shimada's comments on posting Hisashi Iwakuma:
Ever since the start of the Rakuten Eagles, Hisashi Iwakuma has done his best as one of the key players on this team. As an ace pitcher worthy of representing Japan and as the player rep for this team, he has been an invaluable asset to us. And so we did our best to convince him to stay, but as an athlete, he has a burning desire to face new challenges, so as a club, we decided to accept his wishes and will be posting him to the Majors. I make this announcement with a heavy heart towards our faithful fans and apologize. I also like to ask our fans to continue to support Iwakuma as he moves on with this next chapter in his life and to also continue to support the Rakuten Eagles in the coming years.
I, Hisashi Iwakuma, will be given a chance to go to Majors via posting by the [Rakuten Eagles]. I am also grateful to the owner and the front office to get this opportunity a year before getting my international FA option. But according to the rules, nothing is set in stone until I'm signed by an MLB team. There is still a chance I may spend one more year with the Eagles. So I will provide another comment to the fans once I know where I will be playing next year.
Hisashi Iwakuma will be represented by Don Nomura.
The Eagles have also posted a statement at the official Eagles' site.