The Dodgers have agreed to a 3-year, $45 million contract with free agent starter Hisashi Iwakuma, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The three-year term of the deal is longer than many expected at the outset of Iwakuma's free agency.
Los Angeles reportedly had interest in bringing Zack Greinke back, but after he signed a new deal with the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers appeared to be seeking another starter.
Iwakuma had a notable amount of success with the Mariners last season, pitching to a 3.54 ERA and 3.74 FIP over 129.0 innings. He has made at least 20 starts in each of his four seasons in Seattle and would give the Dodgers an effective and relatively affordable right-handed option to add to their rotation.
Iwakuma, 34, likely made sense for the Dodgers because of his age. He was not in a position to request a lengthy deal and should prove to be a valuable addition to the Dodgers' starting rotation.
The Dodgers' rotation is also predominantly left-handed, with Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood all left-handers and Mike Bolsinger serving as the lone right-handed option. Iwakuma will give the Dodgers another right-handed option to turn to.
Los Angeles was outbid for Jeff Samardzija, Jordan Zimmermann and David Price but was still able to add a veteran arm to its rotation. The Dodgers are thought to be interested in on Aroldis Chapman and might not be done adding pitching.