Iwakuma update: 11th hour deal?
If a deal between the A’s and Iwakuma does go through, it would indeed be an 11th hour deal. The two parties have yet to speak today, though it’s important to note that the day just started in Japan, so it’s not out of question that the pitcher and his agent could suddenly change their minds and come to an agreement. Is that likely? No. Even Billy Beane said “it would be a surprise” if, between now and 12 a.m. ET, a deal was reached. It sounds as if the A’s would like to take matters into their own hands and officially call things off, but they hadn’t done so as of 6 p.m. ET, when Beane met with local reporters in his suite. Thus, he is still not commenting on the matter. But, I think we can all come to our own conclusions and deem this a dead issue. Beane did say that, if Iwakuma chooses to stay in Japan, the team could be primed for adding an outside starter to the mix — more of a second-tier guy.