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A few more details on Hisashi Iwakuma and the bids, Part 2

by on Nov.10, 2010 @ 11:56 am, under MLB, NPB

According to a Sports Illustrated report (via Sanspo), the A's winning bid about US$17M.  The Twins are said to have made the second high bid and the Minnesota Star Trinbune's Seth Stohs feels their bid may have been somewhere in between US$10-15M (via Nikkan Sports).

Some comments from Hisashi Iwakuma (found in the above Sanspo link):

I'm happy.  I was a little surprised because it was a team that the papers didn't mention very much.  Since I don't really know much about the team, I'd like to do a little research on them.

[This means] I get to pitch against the world-famous Ichiro.

If it's a toss-up between starting and relieving, I'd rather start.  The living conditions / environment, the position, these are thing I will speak to my agent about and decide on.