Pitching behind Felix Hernandez the last four seasons, Iwakuma has not garnered the respect he has truly deserved. After finishing in third in the Cy Young voting in 2013, Iwakuma hasn’t replicated his near Cy Young numbers, but has still been one of the American League’s best.
Since coming to America in 2012, Iwakuma owns a 3.17 ERA in 653.2 innings pitched, while compiling a 1.082 WHIP with only 1.7 walks per nine over that time span. Going after Iwakuma does have some risk. He has only pitched over 200 innings one time in his big league career and is going to be 35 in 2016. A mid-30’s pitcher with an injury history does raise some red flags. Iwakuma is a quality pitcher who pounds the strike zone and is more than capable of being as good as number three starter as there is in the MLB.