Late last night, the Dodgers signed former Seattle Mariner Hisashi Iwakuma, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN. This is a 3 year deal worth $45 mil, according to Jon Heyman.
First, Iwakuma is a solid pitcher and especially for the Dodgers after losing Greinke to the Diamondbacks. Iwakuma will not produce numbers like Greinke, but will be solid and help stop the bleeding after Greinke departed. Iwakuma will so far join Kershaw, McCarthy(be available around All-Star break), Anderson, Bolsinger (most likely to be moved to bullpen), and Ryu (should be ready by opening day from surgery).
Next, the 34 year old entered the MLB back in 2012 with the Seattle Mariners and had a great 4 years with them. Iwakuma has been great in his MLB career after spending his younger years in Japan. Iwakuma’s 2015 finished with a 9-5 record, which one win was a No-Hitter against the Baltimore Orioles. Iwakuma posted a 3.54 ERA in 20 starts (missed some time with injury) and threw 129.2 innings. He also struck out 111 batters, but only walked 21.
Finally, this is probably Andrew Freidman’s best move in his tenure in Los Angeles. Iwakuma is a safe pickup to help the Dodgers stay first in their division.