The Orix Buffaloes announced on July 7 that they signed twenty-five-year-old Akira Iwamoto. He was assigned the uniform number 91.
Iwamoto was drafted by the Hanshin Tigers in 2010 and went 4-2 with a 2.64 ERA in twenty-one Ichi-gun games. He was released in 2016 and signed with the Fukui Miracle Elephants in January 2017. He compiled a 9-9 record and a 2.84 ERA in forty-seven games over two seasons with Fukui.
[UPDATE 7/8 @ 5:00pm]
According to media reports, Iwamoto agreed to a deal worth an estimated two million yen. The contract is good for the 2018 season.