As we kind of knew it might, the pace at which the news is rolling it has quickened since Zack Greinke’s departure.
Sunday evening, the Dodgers reportedly to agreed with the first pitcher tasked with filling those giant shoes.
ESPN’s Jim Bowden with the report:
Iwakuma has agreed with Dodgers
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) December 7, 2015
Hisashi Iwakuma is by no means a superstar, but is a solid pitcher. Last year in Seattle, he went 9-5 with 111 strikeouts, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.064 WHIP. Depending on the contract, obviously, the signing brings value back at a fraction of the record-breaking contract Greinke signed.
Rumors are also swirling around the Dodgers’ pursuit of Aroldis Chapman, which makes this signing all the more interesting. All the Dodgers’ starters would really need to do is get the game to the seventh or eighth inning, where Chapman and Kenley Jansen would become one of the better one-two punches in baseball.