Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
One year, $12 million
Vesting Option for 2017 & 2018
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a deal in place for a three-year, $45 million deal with Iwakuma but something in his physical caused them to back out. While the Dodgers were trying to re-structure the contract, the Seattle Mariners leaped in and signed him to a one-year contract worth around $12 million. The one-year deal has two vesting options for 2017 and 2018. Meaning if Iwakuma performs as he has in his previous four years in Seattle, the Mariners will have snagged a solid number two big league starter for a major discount. The Mariners were working on a budget this offseason while trying to restructure the team to fit the style of new general manager, Jerry Dipoto. The M’s were at their spending limit but the owners agreed that Iwakuma was worth going over budget for to bring him back to Seattle.