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FOX Sports’ Rosenthal feels A’s might be front-runners for Iwakuma

by on Nov.07, 2010 @ 10:26 am, under MLB, NPB

Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal has written an article that speculates the A's are front-runners for Hisashi Iwakuma.  A snip:

At first glance, the A's would seem an unlikely suitor for Iwakuma; the team led the American League in rotation ERA by a wide margin last season, and none of their returning five starting pitchers is older than 27.

However, the A's have struggled to attract free-agent hitters to Oakland in recent years. The addition of Iwakuma would enable them to trade a starter such as righty Vin Mazzaro -- or perhaps even Iwakuma himself -- for a bat.

Here are some links to tweets by Rosenthal that might help explain the flow a little more: tweet 1, tweet 2, tweet 3, tweet 4.

The article also mentions that the A's, Rangers, and Mariners were amongst the teams that submitted bids for Iwakuma.