A's to negotiate with Hisashi Iwakuma

The Oakland Athletics have won the right to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

The Athletics submitted the highest bid and now have 30 days to sign sign Iwakuma, a 29-year-old right-hander from the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League, to a major- or minor-league contract.

"The Oakland A's are excited to have had our bid for Hisashi Iwakuma accepted by the Rakuten Golden Eagles," the team said on its website. "Out of respect for the posting process and for Mr. Iwakuma and his representative, we will not have any comment until the 30 day negotiation period comes to an end."

The Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers also submitted bids for the rights to negotiate with Iwakuma, according to published reports.

Iwakuma posted a 2.82 ERA in 201 innings for the Golden Eagles last season.