Reports: Dodgers close to deal with Iwakuma

The Los Angeles Dodgers are coming one step closer to filling the Zack Greinke-shaped hole in their rotation. According to several reports, the Dodgers are close to signing former Mariners’ pitcher Hiashi Iwakuma to a multi-year deal. The 34-year-old starter has been a reliable second option for Seattle behind Felix Hernandez the past few years, posting a 3.17 ERA in 111 games over the span of four seasons. Jim Bowden of ESPN reported that a deal had been reached, but several other Los Angeles-based and national insiders were quick to refute that.


Joel Sherman of the New York Post also reported no deal had been reached yet, but he also added that he fully expects one to get done:  

In four seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Iwakuma has a 3.17 ERA, 3.74 FIP, 1.08 WHIP, and an average of 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings over 635.2 innings pitched.

UPDATE: Heyman reports the sides have a deal. For now, Iwakuma is second on the Dodgers’ starting pitching depth chart behind Clayton Kershaw.  

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  1. camerondatzker

    The LA Dodgers apparently signed Pitcher Hiashi Iwakuma, now they need to focus on their bull-pen. I see The Reds Aldois Chapman as a need.


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