Hisashi Iwakuma hasn’t been getting a whole lot of play on the hot stove up to this point, but that should change as the secondary starting pitching market begins to settle at this week’s Winter Meetings.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have the 34-year-old right-hander on their “radar,” along with 28-year-old righty Mike Leake. San Francisco added Jeff Samardzija on a five-year, $90 million contract last week, but the club is clearly not done fishing. They also want a bat.
Iwakuma was limited to 20 starts in 2015 because of a strained lat, but he registered a cool 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 129 2/3 innings while healthy and he owns a 3.17 ERA (117 ERA+) in 653 2/3 career major league frames.
On a three-year deal, he’d make sense for just about any team.