A's Accused of Disrespecting Japanese Phenom

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    Hisash iIwakuma in action. Photo: Ll Phil on Flickr

    The Oakland Athletics were smart enough to let Barry Zito walk away when his price was too rich for their blood.

    Now a player who has never proven anything in the majors who reportedly wanted "Zito money" is being given the same treatment.

    The money-pinching A's have told Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma thanks but no thanks. The team had an exclusive 30-day window to negotiate a contract with the highly thought of 29-year-old pitcher but the team decided to let that window close when negotiators realized his price was too rich for the team's taste.

    The agent for Iwakuma however feels the team did not negotiate in good faith with his client. He told the Associated Press that the team disrespected his client.