The Seattle Mariners are purchasing SP Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma couldn't reach an agreement with the Oakland Athletics after the latter won the negotiation rights last off season. Iwamuka returned to his club in Japan, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Because of that he is an international free agent now and he can negotiate with any MLB club.
During the negotiations with the A´s, Iwamuka asked for a similar deal as Barry Zito got at the time with the Giants.
The Japanese pitcher, 30, battled shoulder injuries in 2011, going 6-7 with a 2.42 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 17 starts. Overall, he has a 55-31 record and 2.67 ERA in five seasons.
Next to the Mariners, there are two more AL clubs chasing Iwamuka.