NEW YORK – The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to acquire free agent right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, U.S. media reported Friday.
Iwakuma declined a $15.8 million one-year qualifying offer from the Seattle Mariners three weeks ago. The club stated the re-signing of the 34-year-old as its immediate priority, while the starter is believed to be waiting for a multi-year deal.
Iwakuma went on the disabled list in late April with a strained lat muscle but returned strongly, throwing a no-hitter on Aug. 12 against the Baltimore Orioles en route to posting a 9-5 record with a 3.54 ERA over 122-2/3 innings this past season.
The news arrived on the same day that Dodgers ace Zack Greinke reportedly agreed to join the Arizona Diamondbacks on a six-year contract worth $206.5 million. The deal will see him earn an MLB-record breaking annual salary of $34.42 million, according to the official Major League website.
The D-Backs are also touted as one of the potential destinations for Hiroshima Carp right-hander Kenta Maeda, whose club on Friday agreed to post him to the majors this winter. The right-hander went 15-8 to lead the Central League in wins, had a 2.09 ERA and struck out 175 in 206-1/3 innings.
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