Found November 11, 2012 on Tireball.com:
You can scratch the name of Hisashi Iwakuma from those who will complete in the World Baseball Classic. Instead of pitching in the WBC the Mariners’ pitcher will prepare for his second season in the major leagues. Iwakuma had a fine season for the Mariners finishing with a 3.16 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 101 strike outs in 125 1/3 innings. Recently, Iwakuma agreed to a two-year deal worth $14 million extension with an option for 2015. Iwakuma will make $6.5 million in 2013 and 2014, and his option for 2015 is worth $7 million with a $1 million buyout Iwakuma began the 2012 season in the bullpen for the Mariners but made his final 16 appearances as a starting pitcher.
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