The Dodgers have reportedly added free agent right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to their starting rotation, adding the soon-to-be 35-year-old, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who says the agreement is believed to be for three years. Nikkan Sports reports that the total contract is worth roughly $45 million.
Jim Bowden of ESPN was first to report the agreement.
The Japanese right-hander was 9-5 with a 3.54 ERA in 20 starts for the Mariners in 2015, with 111 strikeouts and 21 walks in 129⅔ innings. He missed nearly two months with a right lat strain, but after returning from the disabled list in Seattle was 9-4 with a 3.10 ERA, with 100 strikeouts and 18 walks in 113⅓ innings.
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi was in the Athletics front office when Oakland won the negotiating rights with Iwakuma after the 2010 season for a reported $19.1 million bid. But with one year before Iwakuma was to hit free agency in Japan, the A's were unable to reach an agreement with Iwakuma in their 30-day negotiating window.
"Their offer was low and they weren't sincere," then-agent Don Nomura told the Associated Press at the time.
After returning to Rakuten for one more season in Japan, Iwakuma signed as a free agent with the Mariners before 2012. In his four years in Seattle, among MLB pitchers with at least 400 total innings, Iwakuma ranks 15th in ERA (3.17), 39th in FIP (3.62), 16th in xFIP (3.25) and 18th in K-BB% (16.3 percent).
Iwakuma pitched partially in relief in 2012, but was a full-time starter the last three seasons, averaging 27 starts and 176 innings per year. He also missed a month in 2014 with a sprained right middle finger.
The Mariners did extend a qualifying offer to Iwakuma, who declined the one-year, $15.8 million offer. That means the Dodgers will have to forfeit their first-round draft pick in 2016, which given the other reported signings to date was the 23rd pick. Seattle would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds.