Update: Dodgers, Hisashi Iwakuma agree on three-year deal

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Update #2 (9:45 PM EST): It’s a three-year deal, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

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Update (8:19 PM EST): Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the two sides aren’t in agreement yet, but it is believed that the two sides will indeed reach an agreement.

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Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM is reporting that the Dodgers and starter Hisashi Iwakuma have come to an agreement on a contract. There was a run on starting pitching in free agency and the Dodgers came up empty — watching Zack Greinke sign with the division rival Diamondbacks — so they reportedly pushed for Iwakuma on Saturday night and reached a conclusion on Sunday.

The Mariners and Giants were both reportedly in the mix for Iwakuma. The right-hander declined the Mariners’ $15.8 million qualifying offer, which means the Mariners will get draft pick compensation and the Dodgers will forfeit their first-round draft pick. They will, however, get two picks back as Greinke and Howie Hendrick each declined the club’s $15.8 million qualifying offers.

Iwakuma suffered a strained lat muscle during the first half of this past season, and he made only 20 starts as a result. He posted a 3.54 ERA with a 1.064 WHIP and a 111/21 K/BB ratio over 129 2/3 innings.

Details of the contract are not yet known but we will pass them along as soon as they are made available.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).