Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, left, talks at a news conference as he announces that Clayton Kershaw receives Roberto Clemente Award before Game 4 of baseball’s World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Detroit. At right is Vera Clemente. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.
Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”
Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.