• Iwakuma rejoins Mariners after failed physical

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    LOS ANGELES: Japanese right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has agreed to a one-year Major League Baseball deal with the Seattle Mariners after failing a physical with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Iwakuma initially agreed a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth $45 million (41.5 million euros) on December 6. But the Dodgers discovered an unknown medical issue when evaluating the results of his physical even as they continued talks with him. At the same time, the Mariners began talks with the 34-year-old, who had rejected a $15.8 million qualifying offer when free agency began and a two-year offer for $30 million just before coming to terms with the Dodgers. A muscle strain limited Iwakuma to 20 starts last season. He went 9-5 with a 3.54 earned-run average. He is 47-25 with a 3.17 earned-run average in four seasons for the Mariners. He pitched a no-hitter last August against Baltimore.

    AFP

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