The Los Angeles Dodgers have backed out of their deal with right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, according to a report from Japan's Jiji Press:
according to report out of japan (jiji press), dodgers are backing away from iwakuma after issue with physical— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 17, 2015
Iwakuma was limited by injury to 20 starts in 2015 and he posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP to go with 111 strikeouts in 129⅔ innings. He has a 3.17 ERA in his four-year big league career, all of which came with Seattle.
He agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the Dodgers this offseason, but that looks to have fallen through after Iwakuma failed his physical with the team. However, the Dodgers could still sign Iwakuma to a different contract, as Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports talks between the two parties are ongoing:
Confirmed that issues arose during Hisashi Iwakuma's physical with #Dodgers. LAD has not closed the door to signing him, talks ongoing— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) December 17, 2015
In addition to trying to re-work things with Iwakuma, the Dodgers are also beginning to explore other avenues to add to their starting rotation, including Mike Leake and Scott Kazmir, according to reports from USA Today's Bob Nightengale and Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown:
Scott Kazmir also a consideration for Dodgers, along with Mike Leake, if indeed the 'Kuma deal has hit a snag.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 17, 2015
Given the additions by the Giants and Diamondbacks, the pressure is on the Dodgers to get another piece for their starting rotation, especially after the loss of Zack Greinke.