The Dodgers’ first attempt at filling one of two holes in their rotation by adding right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is in very real jeopardy.
According to Japan’s Jiji Press, the Dodgers are backing out of their three-year, $45-million offer to Iwakuma after he failed his physical.
Iwakuma has a history of health issues – including his right elbow and shoulder -- and will turn 35 in April. Signing Iwakuma (47-25, 3.17 ERA in four seasons with the Mariners) would also cost the Dodgers a first-round draft pick.
If the Dodgers fail to sign Iwakuma, they could refocus their attention on free-agent pitchers Mike Leake, Scott Kazmir and Yovani Gallardo.
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