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Akinori Iwamura | Second Baseman

Team: Oakland Athletics
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/9/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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According to Sanspo.com, Akinori Iwamura has signed on with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan.
It sounded like Iwamura would have preferred remaining in the U.S., but after hitting .173/.285/.250 in 196 at-bats for the Pirates and A's last season, he wasn't going to be offered anything more than a minor league deal over here. A solid regular with the Rays from 2007-09, he returns to Japan having hit .267/.345/.375 with 16 homers in 1,545 at-bats. Sat, Nov 13, 2010 06:44:00 PM
Source: Sanspo.com

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Akinori Iwamura would like to stay in MLB next season instead of returning to Japan.

Iwamura was a solid player in his first three seasons in the states, but last year he fell flat on his face, batting .173/.285/.250 with two homers over 196 at-bats with the Pirates and A's. He'll almost surely have to sign a minor league deal and earn a roster spot during spring training.
Fri, Oct 15, 2010 06:29:00 PM

Athletics released 2B Akinori Iwamura.

Iwamura, 31, hit just .173/.285/.250 with two homers and 13 RBI in 196 at-bats this season and could have real trouble finding a big-league job for 2011. A minor league deal with a club desperate for middle infield help might make sense. Or maybe the Japan native will decide to head home.
Mon, Oct 4, 2010 02:28:00 PM

A's manager Bob Geren said Wednesday that Akinori Iwamura and Kevin Kouzmanoff will split time at third base for the club's remaining games.

The A's are obviously trying to get a good look at Iwamura's skill set. He was signed on September 12 after the Pirates gave up on him because of a miserable .182/.292/.267 batting line. But he's only 31 years of age.
Thu, Sep 23, 2010 09:15:00 AM

Akinori Iwamura will make his Athletics' debut at third base on Monday afternoon.

That was quick. Looking for help at third base with Kevin Kouzmanoff currently sidelined due to lower back pain, Iwamura was just signed by the Athletics on Sunday. Though Iwamaura has only played one inning at third base in the major leagues, he played 38 games at the hot corner during his time with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. Regardless, he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Mon, Sep 13, 2010 12:39:00 PM

Athletics signed infielder Akinori Iwamura.

Iwamura will be in uniform on Monday in Kansas City. Oakland was looking for infield depth after Kevin Kouzmanoff's lower back pain forced him to miss six straight games. Iwamura should see playing time at third base until Kouz returns. That doesn't mean you want to use him in fantasy. The 31-year-old veteran hit .182/.292/.267 in 54 games for the Pirates.
Sun, Sep 12, 2010 10:16:00 PM

The Athletics will sign infielder Akinori Iwamura on Monday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Iwamura will join the team in Kansas City. He spent much of the season at Triple-A after being designated for assignment by the Pirates and clearing waivers in mid-June. Pittsburgh DFA'd him again earlier this month and then released him on Friday. The 31-year-old had an awful .182/.292/.267 batting line in 54 games this year for the Pirates. It's hard to imagine him having any fantasy impact over the next three weeks.
Sun, Sep 12, 2010 08:11:00 PM

Pirates released infielder Akinori Iwamura.

Iwamura spent much of the season at Triple-A after being designated for assignment and clearing waivers in mid-June. He was designated for assignment a second time earlier this week in order to clear space on the 40-man roster for a wave of September call-ups.
Fri, Sep 10, 2010 04:29:00 PM

Pirates designated 2B Akinori Iwamura for assignment.

Iwamura was designated for assignment earlier this season and drew no interest from opposing teams, eventually landing back in the Pirates organization. Look for the same type of situation this time around. The 31-year-old had a hideous .182/.292/.267 batting line in 54 games this year.
Tue, Sep 7, 2010 08:15:00 AM

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates will designate INF Akinori Iwamura and C Erik Kratz for assignment on Tuesday.

The team is expected to recall Pedro Ciriaco, Brad Lincoln, Jason Jaramillo and Justin Thomas and purchase the contracts of Alex Presley, Steven Jackson, Brandon Moss and Brian Bass before Tuesday's game, so they'll have to create some spots on the 40-man roster first. With that in mind, Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff Clement will also be moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Mon, Sep 6, 2010 05:27:00 PM

Akinori Iwamura, who is currently playing with Triple-A Indianapolis, was hospitalized and diagnosed with a concussion after a collision while running the bases Wednesday.

He ran into an infielder covering first base during the first inning of Wednesday's game. A CT scan and other tests came back negative, according to Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark, but Iwamura will be re-evaluated later in the week. Iwamura is batting .299/.450/.437 with two homers and 12 RBI over 87 at-bats since being optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis last month.
Thu, Jul 29, 2010 08:58:00 AM

Pirates optioned 2B Akinori Iwamura to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Iwamura cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Pirates last week. He is scheduled to report to Triple-A Indianapolis on Firday. Aki will stick in the minors for now, but look for Pirates general manager Neal Huntington to continue to try to find a new home for him in the weeks to come.
Tue, Jun 22, 2010 11:56:00 PM

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates will option second baseman Akinori Iwamura to Triple-A Indianapolis after failing to find a suitable trade.

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that a small number of teams had expressed interest in Iwamura, but they were unable to come to an agreement, at least not yet. He'll report to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Iwamura was designated for assignment by the club last week after batting just .182/.292/.267 over his first 165 at-bats this season.
Tue, Jun 22, 2010 10:08:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that "a small number of teams" have expressed interest in Akinori Iwamura.

Iwamura was designated for assignment late last week after batting just .182/.292/.267 with nine RBI over his first 165 at-bats in a Pirates uniform. Huntington is hoping to deal the second baseman, but chances are the Bucs will simply release him and swallow the $3 million that he's still owed.
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 10:07:00 AM

Pirates president Frank Coonelly said the team didn't ask for a physical when they acquired Akinori Iwamura from the Rays last November.

Yes, even though Iwamura was coming back from major knee surgery, the team relied on scouting reports. It sounds insane, but according to Coonelly, it is uncommon for major league teams to ask for physicals. Iwamura was designated for assignment earlier this week after batting just .182/.292/.267 with two home runs and nine RBI over 165 at-bats.
Fri, Jun 18, 2010 09:49:00 AM

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