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Hisashi Iwakuma | Starting Pitcher | #18

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (34) / 4/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / SEA
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Hisashi Iwakuma is guaranteed $12 million in his new contract with the Mariners.
He gets a $1 million signing bonus and a $10 million salary in 2016, with a $1 million buyout on club options for 2017 and 2018. The $14 million 2017 option will vest if Iwakuma pitches 162 innings in 2016 and the $15 million 2018 option will vest if he reaches 162 innings in 2017 or a combined 324 frames from 2016-17. He can also earn an addition $2.5 million in incentives. All told, the deal could be worth a total of $47.5 million, which is $2.5 million more than he was going to be guaranteed from the Dodgers before failing a physical. Obviously there are health concerns with Iwakuma, but the Mariners got pretty lucky here with him falling back into their laps. Fri, Dec 18, 2015 03:02:00 PM

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Mariners re-signed RHP Hisashi Iwakuma to a one-year contract with vesting options for 2017 and 2018.

It's a stunning turn of events for Iwakuma, who agreed to terms on a three-year, $45 million contract with the Dodgers nearly two weeks ago, only to have it fall apart due to an apparent issue with his physical. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the veteran righty can earn close to $45 million from Seattle if both options vest. The Mariners suddenly have plenty of rotation depth now, as Iwakuma's return likely pushes Nate Karns to the bullpen or Triple-A.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 08:44:00 AM

Hisashi Iwakuma is still negotiating with the Dodgers, per Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.

His reported three-year, $45 million pact was pulled off the table after a failed pre-signing physical, but Iwakuma is clearly still interested in heading to Los Angeles and the Dodgers apparently still want him at will surely be a lower rate. The 34-year-old right-hander struggled with a lat strain during the early part of the 2015 season, but he finished the year in good in health, having registered a 3.54 ERA across 20 starts.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 02:38:00 PM

According to Jiji Press in Japan, the Dodgers have backed away from their agreement with Hisashi Iwakuma following the right-hander's pre-signing physical.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted 11 days ago that Iwakuma and the Dodgers had linked up on a three-year, $45 million free agent deal, but there had been silence from all of the involved parties ever since that initial report. Now we know why. Iwakuma missed all of May and June with a strained lat, but he seemed to be well past the issue in the second half. There should be more information to come. The 34-year-old right-hander is again a free agent.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 11:39:00 AM

A report from Nikkan Sports in Japan has the three-year deal between the Dodgers and Hisashi Iwakuma at around $45 million.

The average annual value of $15 million per season seems like a bargain for the 34-year-old right-hander, though tacking on a third year to the deal partially negates that. Even with this signing, it sounds as though the Dodgers are still in the market for further upgrades to their rotation.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 11:41:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers and Hisashi Iwakuma have agreed to a three-year contract.

The financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. There had been rumblings throughout the evening that the two sides were close to an agreement, and it appears they were able to see it through. The 34-year-old hurler will slot in behind Clayton Kershaw atop the Dodgers rotation.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 10:00:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the reported agreement between the Dodgers and Hisashi Iwakuma isn't finalized.

Sherman notes that the two sides are close and that most industry executives expect an agreement to get done, but that the final details were still being worked out.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 08:34:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a deal with free agent right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Dodgers were reported to be moving aggressively on Iwakuma after missing out on several of their targets already, and it appears they have got their man. The financial details are not yet known. He'll help stabilize the Dodgers rotation behind ace Clayton Kershaw.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 08:04:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are working to sign free agent right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Giants and several other clubs are reportedly in on Iwakuma as well. After missing out on Zack Greinke and Jeff Samardzija, expect the Dodgers to act swiftly and aggressively in their attempt to secure Iwakuma,
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 05:23:00 PM

ESPN's Jim Bowden reports the Mariners are "working hard" to retain Hisashi Iwakuma.

This comes mere hours after reports surfaced that the Dodgers were making a push for him. Los Angeles can spend with the best of them but Iwakuma has been in Seattle for the last four years and might be willing to give the Mariners a hometown discount. Either way, it sounds like Iwakuma will be the next big name starting pitcher to land a new contract.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 09:03:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Dodgers are making a push for Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Giants and Mariners are also in the mix, according to Rosenthal. The Dodgers have officially moved on to Plan B after letting Zack Greinke defect to the Diamondbacks. Los Angeles was hesitant to give Greinke a six-year deal but Iwakuma is likely to settle for only a two or three-year contract. A strained lat limited Iwakuma to just 20 starts last season but he was still able to throw a no-hitter against the Orioles in August. He'll be 35 in April.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 06:38:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners are willing to offer Hisashi Iwakuma "around $24 million" for a two-year deal.

That's a fair offer for a pitcher entering his age-35 season, though Iwakuma might push for a three-year deal. Iwakuma turned down his qualifying offer, so the Mariners will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 04:54:00 PM

RHP Hisashi Iwakuma declined the Mariners' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer.

Iwakuma is coming off a 3.54 ERA over 20 starts this past season for the Mariners and shouldn't require a lengthy deal since he'll turn 35 next April. However, this could be his last chance to land a multi-year pact, so rejecting the qualifying offer makes sense.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that the club will be in the mix for Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Tigers are expected to go after a couple starters this winter, and Iwakuma is a good start. The 34-year-old is coming off a 3.54 ERA over 20 starts this past season for the Mariners and shouldn't require a lengthy deal since he'll turn 35 next April. He will, however, cost the team that signs him a draft pick, as Seattle extended him a qualifying offer.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 07:15:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners plan to offer a two-year contract to Hisashi Iwakuma.

The Mariners have already extended a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Iwakuma, but he'll almost certainly turn it down and test the free agent market. They'll have a better chance to retain him with a two-year offer, but his market could change depending on what other offers are out there. The 34-year-old is coming off a 3.54 ERA over 20 starts this past season.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 02:55:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Lerud
5Steven Baron
1B1Adam Lind
2Jesus Montero
3Dae-ho Lee
4Gaby Sanchez
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
2Ed Lucas
LF1Nori Aoki
2Shawn O'Malley
3Stefen Romero
CF1Leonys Martin
2Boog Powell
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4James Paxton
5Wade Miley
6Nate Karns
7Jose Torres
8Joe Wieland
9Donn Roach
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joe Beimel
5David Rollins
6Mayckol Guaipe
7Evan Scribner
8Jonathan Aro
9Justin De Fratus
10Vidal Nuno
11Tony Zych
12Casey Coleman
13Blake Parker
14Ryan Cook