Iwakuma on Monday told reporters in his native Japan, including the Japan Times, that he is considering an offer he has received from the Mariners. “Hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon,” said the 36-year-old Iwakuma.
Iwakuma made $14 million last season and became a free agent after the Mariners declined his contract option for 2018.
Iwakuma was a key member of the Mariners’ rotation from 2012-16, compiling a 63-37 record with a 3.39 ERA. He went 2-0 with a 4.35 ERA in six starts this year before being sidelined with a shoulder injury that required surgery in September.
MLB.com’s Greg Johns says Iwakuma is not expected to throw again until spring training, so any deal with the Mariners will likely be a minor league one or a major-league contract with minimal financial commitment up front.
- Doug Mittler