Hisashi Iwakuma was supposed to be the consolation prize for the Los Angeles Dodgers after they lost Zack Greinke and failed to land any of the top-tier free-agent pitchers.
However, Japan’s Asahi Digital is reporting that the Dodgers have withdrawn their 3-year, $45-million offer after Iwakuma failed his physical. Last season, he was out from late April to early July with a lat strain, but finished the season strongly. In six September starts, he posted a 2.03 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .624 OPS.
Iwakuma, who turns 35 in April, has gone 47-25 with a 3.17 ERA in 111 games since joining the Mariners in 2012. He was an All-Star in 2013, finishing third in the Cy Young voting, and has a career WHIP of just 1.082.
Before coming to Seattle, he pitched 11 seasons in Japan, going 107-69 in 226 games for the Kintetsu Buffaloes and the Rakuten Golden Eagles.