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Hitoki Iwase
I'm trying to obtain information regarding the chance of Hitoki Iwase coming over to the MLB next season. My understanding is that he is a free agent after this season, so with 42 saves this year and his save totals the past 2 years he could do well in the MLB as a closer. Thoughts?
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Jbroks86 | Posted: Sep 29, 2007 11:00 AM | SFT Fan ]

Well there's been plenty of interest from MLB teams regarding Iwase.

Seattle sent a scout over earlier in the season to watch Iwase. Other teams that could be interested in Iwase include Boston, Cleveland, Texas, and the New York Mets. Plus with the success of Okajima this year, there are going to be plenty of teams interested in Iwase.
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Sep 30, 2007 12:31 AM ]

So assuming that he does come over to the MLB in the off season do you think he closes next year or becomes a setup or 8th inning guy?
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Guest: SoxFanatic456 | Posted: Sep 30, 2007 2:18 AM ]

I hope he comes on over to MLB and is signed by the Sox. He would be a perfect set-up man replacement for Eric Gagne, since he's all but leaving for free agency.

But if he will only close and not set-up, then rule the Red Sox out, because we already have the best closer in MLB.
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: BigManZam | Posted: Sep 30, 2007 11:34 AM | CLM Fan ]

He could either close, set up, or be a lefty specialist. I personally think he's too good against both sides to be a specialist. He's only been a closer for the past few years, so I'm guessing he wouldn't have any problems with setting up.

I'm expecting very good numbers out of him if he decides to go to the majors. He's probably been the most consistent reliever in Japan since the turn of the century. Falls under the radar because he plays for the Dragons.
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: NipponHam11 | Posted: Oct 1, 2007 10:10 AM | SFT Fan ]

As a general rule for Japanese relievers in MLB, they usually pitch very well. Look at Hasegawa, Okajima, Sasaki, and Saitoh. It will be interesting to see where Iwase ends up.
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Guest: puddin head | Posted: Oct 2, 2007 2:17 PM ]

He'd look great in the Phillies' red and white pinstripes. So would Kawakami. The fact the Phils made the playoffs with guys in the bullpen and rotation like Jose Mesa, Alfonseca, and J.D. Durbin is a miracle.
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Japanese Kid | Posted: Oct 4, 2007 2:17 PM ]

NipponHam, you forgot about Otsuka.
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Guest | Posted: Oct 5, 2007 8:34 AM ]

What about the failures of Nomura, Komiyama, Kida, and Kuwata?
Re: Hitoki Iwase
[ Author: Guest: M&M | Posted: Oct 5, 2007 10:27 AM ]

Iwase got the win in an extra inning game his last time out (October 4), plus he is up to 43 saves. Is this guy really as good as his numbers?

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