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Dipoto moves swiftly, swipes Iwakuma away from Dodgers

Dipoto swipes Iwakuma right out from under Dodgers

Just earlier this week I wrote that the Seattle Mariners’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto had been busy this offseason and while some of his moves seemed questionable, overall he’d done a good job remaking the Mariners with what he was given to work with.

Now, it’s quite obvious that despite a questionable move here and there, Dipoto is very good at his job. Late Thursday night Dipoto and the Mariners announced that they had re-signed starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma.

Hisashi Iwakuma. Getty Images.

Yes, you heard that correctly and yes, may seem confusing. The 34-year-old right-hander had agreed to a three-year $45 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers back on December 6. It was pending a physical, however, and the Dodgers were unsure of what they found during that physical. Although, sources say they had not closed the door on Iwakuma. The Dodgers apparently just wanted to re-work the contract a little bit, so no one really saw this coming. No one but Jerry Dipoto.

Dipoto jumped quickly and handed the Mariners and their fans a holiday gift that was supposed to be being celebrated in Los Angeles. He re-signed the former Mariners’ pitcher, who had declined the team’s one-year $15.8 million qualifying offer back in October, to a one-year deal with vesting options for the next two years.

For more on how Dipoto swiped Iwakuma away from the Dodgers in what seemed to be the blink of an eye and what that means for Seattle going forward, you can read my full column on Today’s Knuckleball by visiting the link below:

Dipoto moves swiftly, swipes Iwakuma away from Dodgers

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