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Back to Seattle: the Mariners re-sign Hisashi Iwakuma after the Dodgers back away


The Dodgers and Hisashi Iwakuma came to an agreement on a three-year deal but the pact was never finalized. After the Dodgers didn’t like what they saw with his physical, they backed away and now Iwakuma is back where he started: with the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners re-signed Iwakuma to a one-year deal with vesting options for 2017 and 2018. Financial terms were not announced. But the announcement itself was pretty spiffy: Jerry Dipoto told everyone about it at the club’s holiday party:

The hokey-pokey Iwakuma played with the Dodgers obviously ended up working as a tremendous benefit to the Mariners. For one thing they went out and got Wade Miley from the Red Sox as, more or less, the Iwakuma replacement. Now they get Iwakuma himself back, on a deal that is way less — or at least way shorter and way lighter on guaranteed money — than they would’ve had to pay had they bid head-to-head with Los Angeles.

As for the Dodgers: if Iwakuma does break down or declines, their hesitence to finalize the deal with Iwakuma will prove to have been wise. If, however, he proves to be healthy and effective, a lot of people are going to question their approach with him. And, regardless of what happens with Iwakuma, a lot of people, right now, have to wonder who in the heck they can truly count on to be healthy, durable and effective in their rotation after Clayton Kershaw and, at best, 180 innings or so from Brett Anderson.

Corey Kluber removed from his rehab game

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Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.

Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.

It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.