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Sanspo: Akinori Iwamura could sign with the Yakult Swallows

by on Nov.01, 2012 @ 10:23 am, under NPB

Akinori Iwamura was cut by the Rakuten Eagles and now the Yakult Swallows appear to be the only team interested in the thirty-three-year-old veteran.

Iwamura is currently working out in Sendai.  According to an unnamed source close to him, he is willing to play any position if it means he can continue his career.  He also does not appear to be too concerned about how much he signs for -- he made 150M yen this past season and may end up signing a deal with incentives and a base worth of around 20M yen.

The Swallows are looking to improve their hitting from the left-side and Iwamura could help fill that need.  However, he may end up being a back-up player/bat off the bench depending on how the left-side of the infield shapes up next season.

Source: Sanspo 11/1/2012