Reports: Hisashi Iwakuma not returning to Mariners, agrees with Dodgers

Dec 6, 2015, 5:06 PM | Updated: Dec 7, 2015, 10:28 am
Hisashi Iwakuma is reportedly heading to Los Angeles after four seasons with the Mariners. (AP)...
Hisashi Iwakuma is reportedly heading to Los Angeles after four seasons with the Mariners. (AP)
(AP)

Free-agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, ruling out a return to the Mariners, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden and CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Heyman reports the deal is for $45 million over three years. Los Angeles turned its attention to the 34-year-old veteran right-hander after its own No. 2 starter, Zack Greinke, signed a six-year, $206 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

Iwakuma finished 2015 at 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP despite a prolonged disabled list stint due to a strained lat. He provided perhaps the highlight of the Mariners’ season by throwing a no-hitter at Safeco Field on Aug. 12 against the Baltimore Orioles.

The loss of Iwakuma would force the Mariners and general manager Jerry Dipoto into a Plan B in terms of adding to their rotation, as Shannon Drayer wrote about Sunday.

Since joining Seattle as a free agent out of Japan in 2012, Iwakuma has gone 47-25 with a 3.17 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 111 games (97 starts). His best year came in 2013 when he was 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, earning All-Star honors and finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award race.

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