After issues with his physical with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.
The Dodgers initially separated themselves from the Mariners in their offer by offering a 3rd year to Iwakuma, which provided more security for the 34-year-old.
With the Mariners re-signing Iwakuma, it will be interesting to see if the Dodgers focus their attention more on Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jake Odorizzi. The Dodgers have many options still to consider on the market now that Iwakuma is no longer available, with Mike Leake, Wei-Yin Chen, Scott Kazmir and Yovani Gallardo all being viable replacements.
This is good news for the Mariners, who ultimately ended up getting Iwakuma back for a cheaper price than they would have otherwise. Iwakuma will once again slot in behind Felix Hernandez, and with the additions of both Nate Karns and Wade Miley, the Mariners starting rotation is looking much better than last season.
The Mariners have quietly had a nice offseason, and Iwakuma should top things off quite nicely for a Seattle team desperate to find its stride in a competitive American League West division.