x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Athletics fail to reach deal with Japan's Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma will remain with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles after the Japanese pitcher was unable to reach a contract agreement with the Oakland Athletics during a 30-day negotiating period, the Major League club said

SAN FRANCISCO // Hisashi Iwakuma will remain with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles after the Japanese pitcher was unable to reach a contract agreement with the Oakland Athletics during a 30-day negotiating period, the Major League club said.

Because a deal could not be reached, Iwakuma stays on the Golden Eagles' roster and will become a free agent after the 2011 season.

"We regret that an agreement could not be reached by today's deadline," Billy Beane, the Athletics general manager, said last night in a statement on the team's website (http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com).

"In this instance, the player was in a unique situation, being only one year away from free agency, and we fully respect and understand his position," Beane added.

Oakland will have its $19.1 million (Dh70m) posting fee returned, Major League Baseball's official website (www.mlb.com) said. The fee had given the Athletics 30 days to reach a deal with Iwakuma.

The Athletics reportedly were offering Iwakuma $15.25 million over four years but the right-hander wanted a deal that would average $12 million over three years, MLB.com reported.

Iwakuma, 29, had a 10-9 record in 2010 and is 101-62 over 10 professional seasons in Japan.