TODAY, 1:50pm: Iwakuma ended up taking quite a hit on his guaranteed money, it appears. Per Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (Twitter links), the veteran will receive only a $12MM guarantee. That includes a $1MM signing bonus, $10MM salary for 2016, and a $1MM buyout on the vesting/club options that follow.
The options are priced at $10MM apiece, but they can vest at higher levels. If Iwakuma reaches 162 innings, his 2017 option would be guaranteed at $14MM. If he can tally 162 frames in the following season, or 324 total over 2016-17, then he’d earn $15MM.
There are some other important benefits in the contract. Iwakuma gets a full no-trade clause, Heyman adds (Twitter links). And he can earn up to $2.5MM annually via incentives for innings pitched ($500K at 150 innings and every ten frames thereafter, with 190 innings to maximize the clause).
1:13pm: The guarantee is likely near to the value of the qualifying offer ($15.8MM), Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (Twitter links). Iwakuma can earn nearly all of the $45MM he would have been promised by the Dodgers through the vesting clauses, Rosenthal adds.
YESTERDAY: The Mariners have re-signed right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to a one-year contract with vesting options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, according to a club announcement. General manager Jerry Dipoto initially broke the news to the rest of his staff at the front office holiday party (video link, on Twitter), but the club kept the news under wraps until a formal announcement could be drafted.
Clearly, this is a drastic shift in Iwakuma’s market. The 34-year-old (35 in April) Wasserman Media Group client was said to have agreed to a three-year, $45MM pact with the Dodgers, but reported concerns over the veteran’s physical caused the Dodgers to attempt to re-work the contract. J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group tweeted recently that the Dodgers’ offer of a guaranteed third year is what pushed the Dodgers to the front of the line in the Iwakuma sweepstakes, so it would seem that with that third season no longer on the table, Iwakuma’s preference was to return to Seattle on a contract that will allow him to reach that third year if he is able to remain healthy over the course of the next two seasons (although exactly what type of innings-pitched or starts-made marks will trigger the additional years on the contract remains an unknown).
“Obviously, the developments from the last few days allowed us to get back in the game,” said Dipoto in the press release announcing the move. “It’s a credit to our ownership; to Howard Lincoln, to Kevin Mather, to our entire ownership group that we were able to get aggressive and find a way to bring Kuma back to the Mariners. We’re all thrilled. This is a big move for us. We feel like this really puts a finishing touch on what we think has been a very productive off-season.”
Iwakuma will slot into the rotation behind ace Felix Hernandez. His return gives the Mariners a surplus in the rotation, as the club still has newcomers Wade Miley and Nate Karns in addition to returning high-upside youngsters Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. While there are plenty of health-related question marks among that group — Walker and Paxton both have notable injury histories at a young age — it’s an imposing group, on paper, and should make for a formidable rotation when healthy, regardless of which arms round out the mix. (I’d imagine that Miley is a given for the rotation, leaving Karns, Walker and Paxton to compete for the final two spots.)
A lat injury cost Iwakuma more than two months of his 2015 campaign and limited him to 129 2/3 innings. A torn tendon in his right middle finger limited him to 179 innings a year prior. The nature of the concerns that derailed his contract with the Dodgers aren’t known, but the Mariners were comfortable enough to guarantee him a 2016 contract, and the Dodgers themselves were said to be attempting to re-work the deal, which should suggest that there’s no dire injury at play.
Over the course of 653 2/3 Major League innings, the Japanese righty has posted a 3.17 ERA with 7.6 K/9, 1.8 BB/9 and a 50.1 percent ground-ball rate. Considering the fact that the additions of Leonys Martin and Nori Aoki should only enhance the Mariners’ outfield defense, there’s reason to believe that Iwakuma could improve upon his 2014-15 performance, so long as his health permits him to do so.
On the Dodgers’ end of the equation, the loss of Iwakuma marks a disappointing outcome for a club that has seen Zack Greinke sign with the division-rival Diamondbacks and also had a trade for Aroldis Chapman fall through due to previously unreported domestic violence allegations. While there’s still plenty of time for president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and his staff to plot new courses of action, one has to assume that this is nonetheless a discouraging outcome. As it stands right now, the Dodgers have little certainty in their rotation beyond Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood, as Brett Anderson has a significant injury history of his own while Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-jin Ryu missed most and all of the 2015 season due to injuries, respectively.
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What wacky situation is going to keep Mike Leake away from LA, I wonder
I’d take Iwakuma over Leake anyday. the 3y wasn’t bad, but for what Seattle ended up possibly getting him for.. 1y and 2 options, with Leake.. The perfect example of a NL junkballer about to get massively overpaid? I’d take Iwakuma’s splitter and 89-90mph fb. Here.
Dave Sims will be a joy to listen to on broadcasts next season with this loaded rotation.
NL junkballer about to get massively overpaid… can we add Ian Kennedy in that group?
…And another Nail in the Dodgers Coffin!!!
The problem is the Dodgers don’t need pitchers to fill their rotation, they need upgrades over the many guys they have, and a Leake or a Chen is hardly an upgrade. Iwakuma, assuming he maintained his past performance, would have been a nice upgrade when healthy.
The Two Stooges will figure out some way to mess it up.
dude, calm down.
So I’m supposed to be happy as they foul up one deal after another?
How they foul up one deal after another. Who wants champman with his mess, it fair not to want a pitcher when they saw a issues with him. Dodgers don’t need another injury risk. Dodgers didn’t want to give zack what he wanted which is fair. Then who knows about cueto. Let other teams over spend for pitching. I like the rotation if healthy. I’m more worried about our pen. They can just go out and get the Japanese pitcher and call it a day.
They went after all of these players and failed to get them. This means either (1) they weren’t serious in pursuing them, or (2) they misjudged the market. At this point we can just call it a season.
As much as Ned was criticized, he always got his man, yes he overpaid at times, till now Friedman/Zaidi haven’t done better
Wow, easy bet that something’s wrong with Iwakuma if the Dodgers backed out of their deal.
Agreed but a partly healthy Kuma is better than your average bear!
Well this definitely puts a little bit of pressure on the Dodgers!! I sincerely hope they overpay for Teheran, but it is more likely that they trade for someone from Cleveland’s rotation or Tampa Bay’s.
Although, even with that being said, I would not be the least bit suprised if the Dodgers take a stab at Tim Lincecum or possibly even 2 time TJ survivor Corey Luebke as a secondary follow up move to a trade.
I don’t think people realize how much it’s going to take for CLE to part ways with Carrasco or Salazar. I would start off with Seager and if I dont get one of their top 3 prospects, I don’t make that trade.
I completely agree, that it will take quite a big haul for the Dodgers to get one of Cleveland’s top arms…
I don’t think Seger will be involved, and probably not Urias, but something involved around Holmes will most likely get the job done….
I’m pretty sure every team knows that Seger is just about untouchable, unless it is the Marlins for Fernandez. I am curious though, if Urias is just as “untouchable?” If it truly comes down to it, I wonder if they would ultimately part with him. I doubt they will, seeing as he is cost-controlled and almost ready for the big leagues, but you never really know…
One thing us for sure though, the Braves truly screwed with any teams hopes of acquiring cost-controlled, quality SP’ers for a reasonable price…
The Hart and especially Coppy, since I’m guessing he did most of the leg work, really got the absolute MAXIMUM value for what was ultimately one year of Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden…
Ultimately the Braves traded:
1 year of Jason Heyward
1 season of Shelby Miller
Tyrell Jenkins (A former consensus top 100 prospect, who was named Braves Milb P.O.Y, and projects to be a #3 level starter, and is ready now, but will most likely start in AAA to hold back his service clock. Which from the time of the trade, the Braves will get 6 years of control for Jenkins!!)
Dansby Swanson (The currently ranked #10 overall prospect in all of baseball, and mast year’s #1 overall draft pick. He has all the make-up and tools to be the Braves future long-term option at SS, a fixture as an excellent #2 hitter in their line-up, and he should be the future co-face of the franchise along with Freddie Freeman. Comparisons made to Derek Jeter or a young Chipper Jones with less power and more speed.)
Aaron Blair (The #61 prospect in baseball, and a 2014 first round comp pick, who is only a year away from the majors, AT MOST, and projects to actually produce similarly to Shelby Miller, or as a #3 level starter/ fringe-level #2, comparisons made to John Lackey )
Ender Inciarte (A gold glove caliber OF’er, who can play all three OF positions above average. He is a top of the line-up guy who hits around .290-.305, without much power to speak of. Overall, he had a bWAR of 5.3 last season, partly due to his hitting, but that stemmed mostly from his base-running and defensive prowess. Also, the Braves now have him under control contractually for 5 years!)
Yes, Jason Heyward was highly beloved by 95% of Braves’ fans all-around, that other 5% doesn’t even live their own mother, but anyways lol….The only way it could be even semi forgiven for trading him away and/or ultimately losing him to free agency, was with an excellent return, and man Hart and Coppy simply topped any and every fathomable expectation imaginable!!
I do not think I have seen or heard of a better trade or trade outcome for quite some time!! Hats off to Hart and Coppy, for these trades will have a long-lasting positive effect for the Braves franchise and Braves’ fans for several years to come. Especially, with the Braves acquiring what could ultimately become 2/5’s of their rotation, a new face of the franchise, and 2 gold glove and top of the order hitters for, AT THE VERY LEAST, the next 5 years!!
I thought iwakuma signed with dodgers?
Do you not read articles, just comment?
Really? It’s just an honest question. Easy there tiger….
He failed his physical with the Dodgers, so they backed out.
But the article explained the situation. Why would someone need to ask that question?
Just answer the question or ignore it. Good grief.
Mr. Nate excatly!!
yeah, these guys are right, you should never critique somebody else’s comment. try to do better next time
Its a question for what the article is about and his question is covered. Settle down.
hi, welcome to the site. scroll back a little bit
Mariners maybe a dark horse if all their guys hold up for a year.
Dipoto knows what he is doing. It is not the same Mariners management. I would not be surprised to see them in the post season,. Lots of moves this offseason but it will make sense in the spring. And no I am not a Seattle fan.
Dipoto might know what he’s doing but he still needs all of his players to perform. Cano way under performed last year and will need to be the centerpiece of the club if they want to contend. Not to mention even if Iwakuma signing and the whole phsyical thing you cant feel to good about this rotation. After Felix, you have a bunch of number 4 starters in Miley, Paxton and Walker. Are they better then the Astros or Angels? I beg to differ.
I understand by supporting the Mariners I will seem biased but imo Paxton has the ‘stuff’ to be a #2 starter- which is where incidentally, he lined up last season. I also understand that the nation does not get to watch many M’s games but personally I think it’s obvious that a 21 year Taijuan Walker (under the tutelage of the King) has ace #1 at least 2 starter ‘stuff’ – dudes a stud.
Agree with you that the young guys have potential but
young guys on other teams do too.
I’m optimistic about there chances as well but I’d still give the
Astros the slight edge.
I still believe the Astros, Angels and Rangers are better then them right now.
There’s a log jam of the middle tier guys right now.
Scott Kazmir / Yovani Gallardo / Mike Leake / Doug Fister / Ian Kennedy
The better guys available.
Josh Johnson / Brandon Morrow / Mat Latos
Scary but they may be attractive to team who wants upside.
Kyle Lohse / Jeremy Guthrie / Aaron Harang / Colby Lewis / Bronson Arroyo
Inning eating veterans.
Wonder who the Dodgers go after of this bunch.
Morrow already re-signed with the Padres on a minor league deal.
probably not latos
Gallardo seems most likely of the group but I expect them to move to trade talks at this point.
I agree. I think they will trade for someone and sign of the remaining top SP.
CJ and Ethier trade may get rekindled
Really works for both geams
Never mind forgot how LH heavy their SP staff is already
I seriously wonder if Dipoto rigged the physical results just to re-sign Kuma.
lol dodgers. At least they keep their draft pick. Man, I haven’t seen such an offseason where one club gets their moves spoiled these many times.
What about the off-season when virtually every signed the O’s made, there was something up with their physicals? That was a crazy one.
I thought the only failed physical that year was Balfour?
I like this guy too much to allow him on the dodgers.. thank you baseball gods.
Is the Mariners’ offseason done?
Of anything major? Probably. As a Mariners fan though, I would like to see at least some bullpen guys on minor league deals with spring training invites and maybe some extra bench depth.
There are some exciting guys out there still for bullpen help.
No, not done. Dipoto will keep going until spring. He has more of the mess to fix.
no respect for mike leake? look what he did in his career which he started by going straight to the majors from college. pitching in the great american homer dome?
his stuff would work great in a pitcher’s haven like chavez ravine
And when they go on the road, they can tell him to stay in the bus. Honestly, Leake is mediocre. And forget about the lefties, the Dodgers are already overloaded with them. They have run out of options beyond going hard after Maeda or spending prospects big time for one of the headlines.
His stuff wasn’t all that great in a pitcher’s haven like AT&T Park last season.
I keep hearing that the Dodgers front office is “the smartest in baseball”…with the moves they made last year (jim johnson, brandon mccarthy, jimmy rollins, alex wood, lack of getting late season bullpen help or an impact 3rd starter, etc…) and this (so far) disastrous off-season (the chapman debacle, watching all of the high profile sp’s sign elsewhere, this iwakuma thing, keeping 47 overpaid outfielders on the roster, etc…) I’m not too impressed.
Hey now, lets not be too hasty…
Their rotation is in shambles as they have nobody they can realistically count on for the duration of the entire season after Kershaw. Will somebody make it that long? Probably.. But who will it be? After Kershaw, their entire rotation is one giant injury risk and/or question mark. Who knows how that’s going to play out this time around? They still have Puig issues to deal with, and what happens when Seager comes back down to earth? Besides all of this, they have a new manager taking over to make sense of it all. What could possibly go wrong?
So it IS a shame that the Dodgers keep having things fall apart on them as their attempts to buy a ring fall short, again, but they haven’t exactly done nothing. They did bring back Chase Utley! Nothing spells successful offseason like a 7M bench warmer who brings out the best in your opponents.
No worries though. Maybe the Dodgers will swing a trade with the Rangers now and take Choo, Andrus, Fielder, Hamels, and Darvish for Adrian Gonzalez, Seager, Urias, and DeLeon.
Hamels and Darvish aren’t going anywhere. They finally have two aces, and JD isn’t going to take his team backwards, when they are close to having the team they want. And if they are going to trade them.. Forget Gonzales. Seager, Urias, and DeLeon will start the conversation for just one of the two. Why(?)? Well because they are legitimate aces, and the Dodgers have missed on everyone. So the power in negotiations is on the Rangers side.
He wasn’t being serious.
It’s the beginning of the off season. Calm down. Do you forget that LA has one of the most powerful minor league systems in the game? They can make 1 huge move for SP and everyone would then say OMG they’re back..
The offseason starts right after the World Series, and by the time the winter meetings end, is well past its midpoint. Most of the top free agents are already off the table by now in most offseasons, just as they are this year. It isn’t like the Dodgers didn’t pursue any of these free agents, they simply failed, three times. So now they are forced to dig into that farm system to fix not only the holes in the rotation, but the middle relief, 2B, and that mess in the outfield.
Don’t they have that guy who can pretty much play anywhere. Couldn’t they for at least this season have utley and him man 2nd.
How the Of a mess. The Of with no big trades is pretty much set. Since we shouldn’t really count on Crawford with his health. If every come back strong Dodgers have a strong OF. Plus we have 3 solid back ups.
Nobody in that OF can be counted on except maybe Ethier and it seems like everybody expects him to be traded.
With the sox trade if we don’t trade anyone actually help us. Since now Thompson can be the back up CF and we can have Hernandez play more 2nd with utley. So if you think about it 2nd pretty much set. Plus you can add turner can play some 2nd too.
The Dodgers FO is outmaneuvered again. Can the question of competence be ignored any longer?
Not when you can teach someone the incredible thing called reading comprehension
I comprehend that you have said nothing at all.
You know your hat is upside down.
Absolutely. Been that way since October. The team in distress signal.
I am totally with you. The FO is acting as if they are trying to make us better, but they are just trying to save money. Way to waste Kershaw’s prime years. No offensive upgrade or pitching upgrade. You HAVE to do one or the other or the playoffs are a dream, let alone a WS.
Man have you flipped a switch since the trade deadline.
Not really. I wasn’t sold on the Whiz Kids out of the box, but was willing to reserve judgement until I could see the results.
The Dodgers front office isn’t incompetent, in fact it’s one of the best in baseball. Not spending $200M on Greinke? Smart. Not giving $45M to a pitcher who’s arm might fall off? Smart. Not selling their amazing farm? Smart.
Finishing third, brilliant.
Not a bad deal for a pitcher with a career 1.08 WHIP in 97 starts.
The M’s are starting to look pretty good quietly.
Given the physical, I’m glad we passed on him. No need to relinquish a first round pick for a 35 year old pitcher with questionable health.
This is a coup for the M’s who were unwilling to guarantee a 3rd year and now don’t even have to guarantee a 2nd. If he pitches well he can get year #2 and again for year #3. WOW, thank you to the Dodgers physician who failed him. The same thing happened to Aaron Sele, failed the Baltimore physical and he ended up having 2 of his best years with the M’s when they were able to swoop in and sign him.
Agreed. I really like the job Dipoto has done with the rotation, and with the line up too. They have 6 legit options for the rotation, and I think both Cruz and Cano will have a few more pitches to hit with Lind hitting behind them. Ianetta will hopefully give Zunino some time to develop in AAA. Martin and Aoki in the outfield can cover a lot of ground too.
With Cishek and Benoit in the back end of the bullpen, it would have been nice to still have Carson Smith, but the bullpen seems to be taking shape. Lots to like about Seattle this year, and it looks like they are assembling a team that can play well at Safeco.
Time for the Yankees to start making more calls to Dipoto about acquiring a pitcher. Iwakuma’s return makes it more likely Seattle will deal Walker or Paxton. Gardner may be on his way out of the Bronx before the year is over (hopefully).
On what planet DiPoto trades Walker for Gardner I have no idea. It certainly isn’t this one. I wouldn’t move Paxton for Gardner at this point either
No way that is happening. First, the Mariners aren’t trading Walker. Second, their outfield is set already with Smith / Gutierrez, Martin, and Aoki. They’ll go with a rotation of Felix, Kuma, Miley, Walker, and Paxton/ Karns/ Montgomery.
The only thing left for the Mariners is a reliever, someone like Clippard. No way they trade for Gardner, and the only way the Yankees are involved is if it’s Miller. Don’t see that happening though.
Why would the Ms trade Walker for Brett Gardner, a 32-year-old who had a sub .600 OPs second half last year, and is owed $40M for the next 3 years? Not gonna happen. Paxton is more likely, and then only if Yanks ate a significant amount of that money, which I seriously doubt is something Yanks FO wants to do. Just not a fit.
As bad as it may seem I think he rotation not that bad. All they need really is a solid number two. Ryu when healthy a solid number 3, Anderson prove when healthy can be a 4th pitcher and dodgers have many pitcher to be a 5th pitcher if wood doesn’t work out. I’m more worried about the pen that struggle all season
There will be top-notch arms available at the deadline, as always, and they have organizational depth to deal from if they really want to make a playoff push.
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That contract is very, very team friendly. They originally offered 2 years $30 million, this was a no brainer for the M’s.
Dipoto said that the their off season is done.
Would be surprised if they signed guys like Clippard.
The one thing I didn’t get is that he didn’t sign guys like
David Hernadez or Andrew Bailey as potential bounce back guys.
Why couldn’t the Dodgers turn around and give him a one year deal for a little more money .