The Minnesota Twins bid on Japanese starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, ultimately losing the bid to the Oakland Athletics, according to Joe Christiansen of the Star Tribune.
The Oakland Athletics won the bid, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The final bid was $17 million dollars, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
Iwakuma is widely considered the best U.S.-bound Japanese pitcher, and is currently under contract of the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Yu Darvish, the top Japanese pitching prospect has made is intentions of avoiding Major League Baseball quite clear. Darvish, of Persian descent, said he fears anti-Persian sentiment is too prevalent in the United States.