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November 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Hisashi Iwakuma re-signs with Mariners for two years plus an option

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Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has re-signed with the club through the 2014 season with an additional option year for 2015.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.com reports the deal as worth two years, $14 million, with Iwakuma getting $6.5 million in each of 2013 and 2014, then a $1 million buyout on a $7 million option for 2015.
The Mariners had an exclusive negotiating window with Iwakuma, 31, through tonight, after which he could have requested his release by the club.
“Hisashi did a very nice job for us at the end of last season as a starting pitcher and we are happy that we have come to a mutual agreement,” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a release. “We look forward to his veteran presence and to his contributions for the next few seasons.”
The deal comes just hours after Zduriencik confirmed in an interview that he expects to have more financial resources available to him in 2013 than he did this past season,when the team opened with a payroll of about $85 million. More on that in the video above.


Mariners manager Eric Wedge said in the same release: “Kuma really helped solidify our rotation in the second half of the season. He is a competitor on the mound and did a great job for us. He got stronger with each start during the season and gained confidence. I am looking forward to seeing him on the field ready to work when we start spring training in Peoria.”
Iwakuma went 9-5 with a 3.16 earned run average in 30 appearances last season, including 8-4 with a 2.65 ERA over 16 starts. After a rough beginning with the Mariners, he found his rhythm in the second-half and became one of the team’s more dependable starters.

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