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Mariners agree to 1-year deal with Iwakuma

Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:30 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 11:14 pm
 
Hisashi Iwakuma

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Hisashi Iwakuma, the Japanese pitcher the A's couldn't reach an agreement with last offseason, has signed a one-year deal with the Mariners, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

Reports out of Japan -- including one quoting Iwakuma -- in the last week had said Iwakuma had settled on the Mariners over several other teams, including the A's. Last year the A's reportedly bid $19.1 million for the rights to negotiate with Iwakuma.

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According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Iwakuma will make $1.5 million, with another $3.4 million available in bonuses tied to innings pitched, games started and awards. He will make $200,000 for 20 starts, another $250,000 for 22 starts, another $300,000 for 25 starts and $400,000 for 30 starts.

Last year the A's won the bidding for the posting fee for Iwakuma, 30, but could not reach a deal. Iwakuma returned to Japan and pitched for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, going 6-7 with a 2.42 ERA, missing time with shoulder problems.

He will likely slide in to the fifth spot in the team's rotation behind Felix Hernandez, Michael Pineda, Jason Vargas and Charlie Furbush.

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Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:25 am
 

Mariners agree to 1-year deal with Iwakuma

I'll have to keep an eye on him for my fantasy teams.  Might be a good pick since batters haven't seen him.  Then if I see he starts to falter, sell high!



Since: Jun 27, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2012 10:25 am
 

Mariners agree to 1-year deal with Iwakuma

nice package with incentive laded bonus if he produces. #5 in Seattle's staff ; has had shoulder issues making this a fiscally wise deal for the M's



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2012 1:34 am
 

Good signing.

Hope he's able to eat some innings.  My beloved M's aren't going to be able to beat out Texas or the Angels next season, but a solid back end starter would help until Paxton, Hultzen, and Walker are ready. 


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