Monday, March 4, 2013
Tatsuro Iwasaki to join Rakuten
Over the weekend Chunichi's front office made the decision to deal Tatsuro Iwasaki to the Golden Eagles for cash considerations. I haven't seen it reported as to how much money will be headed to Chunichi, but it's unlikely that it will be very much. Yakyubaka has a post on the move. Iwasaki has been with the Dragons since 2006 when he was a 5th-round draft pick, selected from ENEOS of the industrial leagues. Iwasaki is a very skilled middle-infielder, but he's 28 now and hasn't hit much at either NPB level. I'm guessing that Rakuten is looking at him as either a late-inning defensive player or ni-gun filler. Hopefully he can be a useful role player for the Eagles, as they look to have a pretty competitive team this year.