Iwakuma turned down his qualifying offer from the Mariners on Friday and will remain a free agent, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports. The move doesn't come as much of a surprise after another solid campaign from Iwakuma, in which he posted a 3.54 ERA and an impressive 111:21 K:BB ratio. He'll be 34 years old by the time the 2016 rolls around, but he should still be able to land a multi-year deal on the open market after turning down the $15.8 million qualifying offer.
Iwakuma was extended a qualifying offer by the Mariners on Friday. Iwakuma's season was slowed down a bit by injuries, but he still posted another strong campaign, as he tossed his first career no-hitter and worked to a 3.54 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 129.2 innings. He'll be 34 years old by the start of the 2016 season, which could scare off some teams, but he'll likely turn down the qualifying offer and command more in free agency.
Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma picked up the loss Sunday, as he allowed three runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Angels. While Iwakuma pitched fairly well against the Angels, he only struck out one batter, by far the lowest total of the season. The 33-year-old has certainly picked up his play towards the end of the season. In 33 innings in September, he posted a 2.18 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with a 29:33 K:BB. He will likely be an interesting name in re-draft leagues heading into next year.
Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4) was fantastic Wednesday, as he struck out nine Angels over six one-run innings in a 3-1 win. He allowed just four hits and no walks. Iwakuma had to make just 84 pitches to get through his six innings ,and it was a bit of a surprise to see him pulled so early. Aside from a seven-run outing on August 24, Iwakuma has been fantastic over his last nine starts, allowing three runs or less in every start. The strikeout total was his highest of the season. Look for Iwakuma to put in another strong start against the Royals next Tuesday.
Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well on Friday, but one swing left him with his fourth loss of the season. Iwakuma (7-4, 4.05 ERA) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out six in the 4-2 loss. The right-hander cruised through the first six innings, keeping the Rockies off the scoreboard. But he made one mistake which resulted in a three-run home run by Dustin Garneau in the seventh inning. The Mariners attempted a comeback, but ultimately fell to the Rockies.