ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is reporting that Hisashi Iwakuma hired a new agent in preparation for hitting the international FA market after the current season. A snip:
Iwakuma hired Paul Cobbe of Sosnick-Cobbe Sports as his new representative several months ago, but delayed the announcement out of respect for his community and the victims of the March earthquake and tsunami in Sendai, Japan, home of the Eagles. He had also been occupied until recently with rehabilitation from a shoulder injury that sent him to the disabled list in late May. Iwakuma recently rejoined Rakuten and his fastball was clocked at between 89 and 92 miles per hour in his last start.
Although Iwakuma's decision will reverberate throughout Japan, Cobbe said the pitcher does not plan to address his professional future during the Golden Eagles' season.