It's actually unclear if the club picked up the option or if Iwakuma reached enough benchmarks during the year for the option to automatically vest. Either way, he'll return to Seattle for $7 million next season. Iwakuma was fantastic in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA over 179 innings.
Iwakuma picked up the win Friday night, limiting the Angels to two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 4-3 victory. He finishes his 2014 regular season campaign with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and 154:21 K:BB ratio over 179 innings.
Iwakuma was able to get an out in the seventh inning, but was removed from the game at that point. He was visited by a trainer, and was replaced by Brandon Maurer. Iwakuma was checked out after the contest, and it was determined that he was alright. The team never specified an injury for Iwakuma.
Lloyd McClendon has revealed that
Iwakuma, who has walked seven in his last 12 innings and has yielded 26 earned runs in his last 25 1/3 innings pitched, recently claimed that he has no physical issues. He is slated to make his last regular season start Friday night in a critical clash against the Angels.
Coming off a stretch of six straight shaky starts during which he has compiled a 9.12 ERA,
"I'm physically healthy," Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. "There's no issue with that. This late in the season, we're all tired and feel fatigued at times, so we're trying to overcome that. But like I said the other day in Anaheim, it's more the balance for myself. I'm still kind of working on making my adjustments because of my bad balance. I'm not able to get ahead early in the count and that's kind of messing up my game plan."
Manager Lloyd McClendon is getting frustrated with Iwakuma's performance with the team fighting to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
"I'm not sure," McClendon said. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned. He had six days' rest. I thought he'd be a lot sharper today."
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