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Phils place bid for Japanese 3B Iwamura?

The San Diego Union-Tribune indicates that, despite earlier reports to the contrary, the Phillies may have placed a bid for Yakult Swallows third baseman Akinori Iwamura.

While Iwamura would certainly be an improvement over Abe Nunez, his MLB projections are troubling...

I don't know if a bid for Iwamura is the wisest move, especially when it seems as if there are domestic options who can provide similar production at a lesser cost.  Perhaps, though, the bidding will be lower due to Matsuzaka Fatigue.