The Dodgers and Iwakuma agreed to terms on a three-year contract that was pending a physical. Something changed after the Dodgers reviewed the physical, however, and the Mariners apparently wasted little time swooping in.
Iwakuma’s contract is guaranteed for one year, with vesting options for 2017 and 2018.
It’s been more than a week (at least nine days to our knowledge) since Iwakuma and the Dodgers agreed to terms on a three-year, $45 million contract. The contract was believed to be contingent on just the physical, so it makes sense that the physical is the cause for the delay.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are still active on the trade front:
Dodgers are in talks with rays about jake odorizzi
Odorizzi, a 25-year-old right-hander, went 9-9 with a 3.35 ERA (118 ERA+) in 2015. He was eighth in the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year voting.
The two acquisitions aren’t mutually exclusive. In theory, the Dodgers could still find a way to sign Iwakuma and trade for Odorizzi.
The sequence could be important. If Odorizzi were to join a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu and, at some point late in 2016, Brandon McCarthy, it’s one less reason for the Dodgers to extend themselves to sign an injured pitcher.
The notable name is Bawcom, a pitcher whom the Dodgers drafted in 2010 out of UT-Arlington and later packaged to Seattle in the Brandon League trade. The 27-year-old right-hander spent the past two seasons with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate.
As executives filed out of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel on Thursday, the Dodgers officially leave having made one other transaction: a one-year contract with second baseman Chase Utley.
Other than a proposed trade for Aroldis Chapman that was placed on the back burner under bizarre circumstances, it was a fairly quiet Winter Meetings. The Dodgers’ 3-year contract with pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is pending a physical and could be announced in the next 48 hours.
NASHVILLE — Let’s not plead ignorance. Many facts have been laid bare — for us and for the Dodgers — about Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman‘s role in a domestic dispute in October.
In case you missed it: Yahoo! Sports reported last night that Chapman fired eight gunshots in his garage in October after arguing with his girlfriend, who alleges that Chapman placed her in a chokehold. MLB is investigating the facts to determine if they fall under the league’s domestic violence policy. Click on the links. There are a lot of facts there.
Since many of you have chimed in on social media about all of this, here’s your chance to vote.
The question isn’t whether or not the Dodgers should trade for Chapman. That question inherently depends on what Cincinnati is willing to offer in return — even if the price is a sack of baseballs at this point, we can’t say for sure. The question is, should the Dodgers be even discussing the terms of a Chapman trade with Reds, knowing what we all know?