Dodgers back out of Iwakuma deal after failed physical

August 18, 2015: Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma delivers a pitch during the Seattle Mariners game versus the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.

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However, Japan’s Asahi Digital is reporting that the Dodgers have withdrawn their 3-year, $45-million offer after Iwakuma failed his physical.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.

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