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Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda visits Dodger Stadium

    Sought-after Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda reportedly visited Dodger Stadium on Thursday. The 27-year-old righty must sign by January 8. Via Japanese media source: RHP Kenta Maeda was at #Dodgers Stadium yesterday. Deadline to sign is Jan. 8 — Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) December 26, 2015   Such a pursuit would make sense for the Dodgers, who have already...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners' Iwakuma to receive signing bonus in 3 payments

SEATTLE (AP) Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will receive his $1 million signing bonus from the Seattle Mariners in three equal payments through 2017 as part of his contract that guarantees $12 million but could be worth up to $47.5 million over three years. Iwakuma will get installments on Dec. 31 this year and Dec. 1 in each of the following two years. The 34-year-old right-hander...
Via Associated Press
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Hisashi Iwakuma Suddenly Signs With Mariners

The Mariners openly referred to Hisashi Iwakuma as their No. 1 offseason priority. Then they saw him reach a three-year agreement with the Dodgers worth $45 million, so they gave up, because they had to, and moved on to Wade Miley. Just days ago, Jerry Dipoto said he was basically done tweaking the roster. Everything was more or less set where he wanted. But you can’t predict random...
Via Fangraphs
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

M's re-sign righty Iwakuma after deal with Dodgers falls through

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners didn't wait long to go after Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was never finalized.The Mariners re-signed Iwakuma late Thursday night, locking up the right-hander for 2016 with options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons — financial terms were not announced. The team posted a video on Twitter of general manager Jerry Dipoto...
Via Associated Press
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners pursuing Hisashi Iwakuma after failed physical

The Seattle Mariners are looking into re-signing Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after the starter’s deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell apart. Iwakuma turned down a qualifying offer with Seattle and agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers at the Winter Meetings pending a physical. The deal was never officially announced, and that’s because Iwakuma failed his physical...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Hisashi Iwakuma Failed Physical

Let’s make one thing clear: I don’t know how to read Japanese. So I can’t confirm what this says, personally, but I don’t see any compelling reason to doubt the report. That report: Hisashi Iwakuma has failed his physical exam with the Dodgers, after the parties came to an agreement on a three-year contract worth $45 million. Jiji Press reporting the Dodgers backing out...
Via Fangraphs
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign Hisashi Iwakuma to three-year deal

With aces being snatched up on the open market, the Los Angeles Dodgers have finally added a starting pitcher of their own, reaching an agreement with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. Jim Bowden of ESPN first reported the signing, but other outlets said the deal was still pending. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports soon confirmed an agreement, which is believed to be for three years. The dollar...
Via The Outside Corner
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter

By Ian Casselberry Not much has gone right for the Seattle Mariners this season, but the great thing about baseball is that something special can happen on any particular day. Hisashi Iwakuma threw the fifth no-hitter in franchise history on Wednesday, leading the Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Orioles in a matinee at Safeco Field. Felix Hernandez was the last Mariner to hold...
Via The Outside Corner
August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Haven’t You Figured It Out Yet?  Iwakuma Is A Dominant Pitcher

8 Innings Each In First 3 Starts Says It All It’s simply amazing to me just how little people take notice of a pitcher like the Seattle Mariners‘ Hisashi Iwakuma.  It’s almost like if you can’t throw it 95 MPH and strike out at least a dozen per game, you can’t be considered a dominated pitcher. I’ve been accused of being “old school” when it comes to my baseball...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners: Starting rotation picture muddled

Despite the chill still hanging in the air and winter not taking a hint on when to leave, Opening Day is now a mere four days way.  For the Seattle Mariners, the season will open on the road as they take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  We all know on Monday, March 31st, that Felix Hernandez will once again take the hill as the Opening Day starter for Seattle.  What happens...
March 27, 2014  |  1 Comment

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