I kinda of find it interesting that Iwakuma thinks he is worth $10+ million a year. Matsuzaka hasn't been effective since 2008 and is making $10 a year while signed during a better economy and Kuroda just signed a one year pro-rated deal for $12 with a $4 million signing bonus paid out through '11 and '12 and that is after proving himself in the majors. Kawakami has been inconsistent and came over to the US too late in age and Kei Igawa ($28 million bid) has crashed and burned. It has to be telling that the bid for Iwakuma was $41 million less than Matsuzaka and he wants a similar contract. If I was the agent for Iwakuma, I 'd be asking for a deal worth about $4 million 2011, $6 million 2012, $8 million 2013, $10 million 2014 with mutual payout options. You can't expect the A's to give Iwakuma the money he is seeking. Sad, because I was looking forward to seeing him pitch in the majors but I only think he has marginal #3 potential on a decent team.
Good article about what Dice-K would be worth now...http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseb ... ka-get-now