Mariners pick up Hisashi Iwakuma’s option for 2015
The Mariners announced they have picked up pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma’s option for the 2015 season Thursday.
The move comes as no surprise, as the 33-year-old Iwakuma has been nothing short of a steal for the Mariners since they signed him in 2012.
The Japanese import will make $7 million next season after posting a 15-9 record and 3.52 ERA in 28 starts in 2014. He is 38-20 with a 3.07 ERA in 91 games (77 starts) over three seasons in Seattle. He was an All-Star in 2013 and finished third in the American League Cy Young Award vote when he had a 2.66 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and led A.L. pitchers with a 7.0 WAR.
While Iwakuma will be back for the Mariners, seven players officially became free agents Thursday. They are:
• Left-handed RP Joe Beimel (2.20 ERA in 56 games)
• OF Endy Chavez (.276 average, 22 runs and 23 RBIs in 80 games)
• OF Chris Denorfia (mid-season acquisition from San Diego, .195 average in 32 games)
• OF Franklin Guitierrez (spent season on restricted list for health reasons)
• DH/1B Kendrys Morales (mid-season acquisition from Minnesota, .207 average, seven home runs, 24 RBIs in 59 games)
• C Humberto Quintero (no hits, one RBI in three games)
• Right-handed SP Chris Young (Named Comeback Player of the Year, 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts)