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2016 Seattle Mariners Spring Preview – The Rotation

This time of the year some of us have grown accustomed to watching the Seattle Seahawks play for a couple of weeks longer, but as it turns out getting to the Super Bowl three years in a row is actually pretty difficult. The Seahawks made it seem like a very reasonable task, though, dominating several opponents late in the season even after having lost many key players to injury along...
Via Oregon Sports News
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers concerned about Kenta Maeda's elbow

Although the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly agreed to an eight-year deal with Kenta Maeda last week, they have yet to officially announce the news, which apparently is the result of apprehension from the Dodgers.According to an ESPN report, the reason for the delay between reports of Maeda's signing and an official announcement from the Dodgers comes from concern from Los Angeles...
Via Fox Sports
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

The 2016 Seattle Mariners Starting Rotation Possibilities

Who Goes When In the M’s Rotation? A new year has dawned and the Seattle Mariners of 2016 look just as new as the year does, under the watchful eyes of new Mariners’ General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Much the way we discussed the Mariners lineup possibilities, there are just as many interesting nuances and numbers to sort through when you try to come up with the M’s starting...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: White Sox talking to 'big three' outfielders, but nothing close

While the free agent pitching market has stayed hot, the position player market has been somewhat slow.David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Hisashi Iwakuma and Scott Kazmir have all signed. But the only big name out of the everyday players to sign was Jason Heyward with the Chicago Cubs.Many expected that after Heyward left the open market, other pieces would...
Via Fox Sports
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Give Iwakuma Money to Scott Kazmir

It seemed for a time like Scott Kazmir wanted to get himself signed before Christmas. That didn’t happen, but he’ll settle for getting signed before New Year’s — for three years, and $48 million, with the Dodgers being his newest employer. Kazmir joins what could be an all-left-handed starting rotation, not even counting the left-handed Julio Urias. No one would ever suggest...
Via Fangraphs
December 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers 2016 Outlook

After another successful regular season capped off by a third consecutive National League Western Division title, the Los Angeles Dodgers had high hopes going into the 2015 Postseason. But a match-up between the NL Eastern Division champ New York Mets in the Division Series ultimately ended up being too much for L.A. as the Dodgers were eliminated in 5 games. Despite having the highest...
Via isportsweb.com
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

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

The Iwakuma Files

Last week, I wrote a retrospective on Jerry Dipoto’s whirlwind first few months as the Seattle Mariners’ general manager. It’s been a time filled with moves, roster churn and intrigue. Yet the biggest curveball of Dipoto’s tenure has occurred since then, as Hisashi Iwakuma‘s deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers broke down due to concerns about his physical, which allowed the...
Via Fangraphs
December 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 141 – Trade, Iwakuma, free agents, more

On what is likely the last new episode of “Dugout Blues” this year, Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and are back after missing last week because nothing happened at the Winter Meetings. I was as shocked as you were. The Dodgers made a trade! It broke this site for a few hours, but they still made a trade, sending Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and Brandon Dixon to the Reds as part of...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 21, 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 AP on Fox
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Old Arms, Familiar Places

This week has been calmer than what we’ve seen from Major League Baseball this offseason, but by Friday three teams had finalized one-year deals for notable veteran starters. Bartolo Colón, Ryan Vogelsong, and Hisashi Iwakuma signed with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Seattle Mariners respectively. What can we expect? Bartolo Colón, $7.25 Million Zack Wheeler...
Via The Sports Post
December 19, 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

Iwakuma gets $12M from Seattle after Dodgers' deal collapses

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners didn't wait long to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to get finalized. Iwakuma agreed to a $12 million, one-year contract with Seattle late Thursday night, a deal that includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons and performance bonuses that could raise the value to $47.5 million over three years if...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Hisashi Iwakuma agrees to one-year deal with Mariners

After a deal between Japanese born pitcher Hasashi Iwakuma and the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a snag, the right handers former team swooped in and signed the 34-year-old. Iwakuma had agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth $45 million nearly two weeks ago after rejecting the Seattl Mariners $15.8 million qualifying offer in October. However a failed physical led to the...
Via Tireball.com
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Iwakuma stays with Mariners after Dodgers' deal collapses

SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners didn't wait long to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to get finalized. Seattle announced a one-year contract with Iwakuma late Thursday night, a deal that includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons that could become guaranteed based on performance. The team posted a video on Twitter of general manager...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners resign pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma

The Hisashi Iwakuma saga did a complete 360-degree twist late Thursday as the Mariners announced they’ve re-signed the 34-year-old right-hander to a one-year guaranteed deal with two more potential vesting years, after the Dodgers backed out of a three-year, $45 million agreement earlier in the day. Financial terms of the deal were not released. Iwakuma rejected Seattle’s one...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Ci-Shek, Please! – Seattle Mariners Offseason Update, Part Four

Look, I’m not proud of that title. After getting so accustomed to the Seattle Mariners making multiple moves a week, it’s difficult to come up with a snappy line when all they do is sign a single pitcher (Update: Wait a second, Hisashi Iwakuma is back on board! He’s also a known commodity, so we’ll simply note that the Flying Salmon signed a one-year deal with two options...
Via Oregon Sports News
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Seattle Mariners Re-Sign Hisashi Iwakuma

The Seattle Mariners have re-signed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, according to ESPN’s Jim Bowden. The Los Angeles Dodgers had originally agreed to a three-year deal with Iwakuma, but reports from the Jiji Press in Japan said that the deal was falling through due to a failed physical. The Dodgers remained engaged with Iwakuma, but the Mariners agreed to bring him back on a one...
Via Sports-Glory
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

LA dodges a Bear, Mariners swoop in to pick him up; Iwakuma returns to Seattle for a 1 year contract

King Felix shows respect by wearing Iwakuma’s crown. (image courtesy of www.theolympian.com)   A day after the Seattle Seahawks bring back the prodigal son, Christine Michael, we see General Manager (Trader) Jerry Dipoto do the same thing with former Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. “We said from the start that Kuma was a priority for us,” Dipoto said. “Obviously, the...
Via Seattle Side Up!
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 AP on Fox
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners re-sign Iwakuma after reported deal with Dodgers

SEATTLE (AP) 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...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Mariners re-sign RHP Iwakuma after reported with Dodgers

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have re-signed right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was never finalized. Seattle announced the deal with Iwakuma late Thursday night. It includes a contract for 2016 and options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The team posted a video to its Twitter page of general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing the...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Mariners Re-sign Hisashi Iwakuma

  Jerry Dipoto delivers a special gift to the front office at the #Mariners holiday party: Kuma is back. pic.twitter.com/8Bo8Y93ub2 — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) December 18, 2015   After issues with his physical with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma. according to report out of […]
Via Baseball Essential
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

Dodgers desperately try to enter lively NL West arms race

The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the National League West in 2015, winning the division going away with a 92-70 record. After a disappointing showing in the playoffs, the Dodgers were expected to solidify their roster with some solid moves this offseason and keep ace righty Zack Greinke. Things haven’t gone according to plan. Instead, the Dodgers have largely remained silent...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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