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Very early on Monday morning, the agent of Japanese right-handed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma posted in Twitter that the Oakland A's placed the winning big on his client. The news was confirmed by several sources later on Monday morning. Joe Christensen blogged yesterday that he confirmed with Twins GM Bill Smith that the team had indeed placed a bid. Soon, it was reported that the Twins had placed the second-highest bid for Iwakuma's services. Late last night, a report indicated that the A's winning bid was $17 million.
Iwakuma's scouting reports seem rather familiar. He is a 30-year-old right-hander with very good control, who keeps the ball in the ball park, walks few, strikes out enough and can eat innings. That sounds like Mr. Carl Pavano, doesn't it? Or, it sounds like the prototypical Twins pitcher. Most believe that he is probably a #4 starter, although if he can eat innings, there is value in that.
How much value to the Twins? Apparently a lot. I mean, if the A's bid truly was $17 million and the Twins truly finished second, they must have bid somewhere between $10 and $15 million... JUST TO NEGOTIATE WITH IWAKUMA.
That's right, as was the case a few years ago with Daisuke Matsuzaka, the bid is just the payment to Iwakuma's current team for the right to negotiate. My assumption is that Iwakuma could be in line for a four or five year contract worth somewhere around $8-10 million a year.
Because the A's won the bid, it has the feel of a non-story to Twins fans, but I think it says a ton about the Twins offseason plans. Or, if nothing else, it gives us several talking points to blog about and discuss in comment sections!
This might be a good example of why the TwinsCentric bloggers are going to be blogging here at StarTribune.com all offseason. One little story presented me with several thinkers and/or talkers. Baseball's international market is a very interesting topic, and the Twins increased efforts internationally over the past decade makes it even more interesting.
By the way, we also want to thank everyone for your comments on our four Blueprints from the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook. The offseason certainly creates plenty of free thinking and ideas, and this is a great place to share them. Several other Twins bloggers posted their offseason blueprints too, so if you want to check them out, here they are:
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