The Devil Rays got a player to sign with them, the old-fashioned way, by giving him the option of "our way or the highway". Former Yakult Swallows third baseman Akinori Iwamura agreed to a three-year contract with Tampa Bay after the Devil Rays put up the highest bid for him.
The Devil Rays bid $4.55 million for Iwamura.
The last posted Japanese player who has not settled his contract situation yet is Kei Igawa (Hanshin Tigers pitcher), who is working out a deal with the Yankees.
The Devil Rays had a waiver claim on pitcher Bobby Livingston revoked yesterday and the Commissioner's Office awarded Livingston to the Reds instead. The Devil Rays were ruled to have made an improper claim because they immediately traded Livingston to Philadelphia after the waiver claim. Which apparently isn't something you can do.