Oakland Signs Akinori Iwamura

Iwamura was signed by Oakland after being released by the Pirates.

The Oakland Athletics have signed Akinori Iwamura after the former Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman was released on Friday.  Iwamura hit for a .182/.292/.267 line in 165 at-bats with the Pirates this year, followed by a .264/.404/.393 line in 163 at-bats in AAA.  The Pirates traded Jesse Chavez for Iwamura last off-season, and picked up Iwamura’s $4.85 M option.  Oakland will be responsible for some of Iwamura’s salary now, but the amount is very insignificant, amounting to just under $46,000 for the remainder of the 2010 season.

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