Mariners may get another shot to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

Dec 17, 2015, 12:51 PM | Updated: 12:53 pm
Hisashi Iwakuma’s reported three-year, $45 million deal with the Dodgers is apparently dead. ...
Hisashi Iwakuma's reported three-year, $45 million deal with the Dodgers is apparently dead. (AP)
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Don’t count the Mariners out of the Hisashi Iwakuma sweepstakes just yet.

Eleven days after Iwakuma was reported to have agreed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a three-year, $45 million contract, that deal is apparently dead after he failed a physical according to a Thursday report from Japan’s Asahi Degital.

While a failed physical doesn’t rule out Iwakuma joining the Dodgers on a reworked deal, it could open the door for the Mariners to re-open negotiations with the 34-year-old right-hander. Seattle was reported to have offered Iwakuma a two-year contract but was not interested in a third guaranteed year for the four-year MLB veteran.

Iwakuma has a spotty history of health, having missed significant time in 2015 with a lat injury and 2014 with a finger issue. Despite his problems staying on the field, he was a strong No. 2 starter for the Mariners over the past three seasons. He was a Cy Young Award contender in 2013 with a 14-6 record, 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, and he followed up by going 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 2014 then 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 2015. He also threw a no-hitter for Seattle on Aug. 12 against the Baltimore Orioles.

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