Iwakuma stays with Mariners after Dodgers’ deal collapses

Hisashi-Iwakuma

SEATTLE (AP) — The Mariners didn’t wait long to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to get finalized.

Seattle announced a one-year contract with Iwakuma late Thursday night, a deal that includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons that could become guaranteed based on performance. The team posted a video on Twitter of general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing the signing at the club’s holiday party.

Finding a way to re-sign the right-hander, who turns 35 in April, was a priority for Seattle entering the offseason. There were several reports Dec. 7 of a $45 million, three-year agreement between Iwakuma and the Dodgers, pending a physical, and the Mariners then acquired left-handed starter Wade Miley from Boston.

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