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Hisashi Iwakuma tells reporters he is closest to signing with Seattle

by on Jan.04, 2012 @ 6:25 am, under MLB

Sponichi is reporting that Hisashi Iwakuma told reporters on Tuesday that he is closest to signing with the Seattle Mariners.

"Now that we are in the New Year, things are beginning to move on the negotiation front," said Iwakuma.  "I have received offers from a number of teams and when I consider things like how much a I feel needed and my family, I am probably closest to signing a deal with Seattle."

Iwakuma spent about five hours working out in Tokyo on Tuesday.

2 comments on “Hisashi Iwakuma tells reporters he is closest to signing with Seattle

  1. Kyle

    I have absolutely no clue how this will pan out. Interesting. He can probably do alright if he keeps the ball down relentlessly as he’s capable of.

  2. Jim

    Don’t forget that Safeco Field is pretty cavernous, so Iwakuma could pitch well, groundouts or flyouts. He also pounds the strike zone, so he should do well.

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