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Sinking in Chavez Ravine

greinkeDiamondbacksSo let’s go over the off-season so far for the Los Angeles Dodgers. First they loose Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who just happen to be in the same division. Then to counteract that move, they have a trade in place for Cincinnati Reds elite closer Aroldis Chapman, only to have allegations of domestic assult ruin that deal. Next they decided to sign Hisashi Iwakuma to a three year $45 million dollar deal pending a physacal.

A physical we are now being told that he failed and thus, the Dodgers are now backing out, or at the least trying to renogotiate the deal with Iwakuma. Japanese wire service Jiji Press is reporting that the Dodgers are backing out of the three-year, $45 million contract they negotiated with free-agent starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after Iwakuma failed his physical. However, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets that the Dodgers and Iwakuma could still get a deal done, perhaps with different terms.Hisashi+Iwakuma+Seattle+Mariners+v+Boston+ky2ZEU9H9uhl

The 34-year-old right-hander was sidelined twice during the 2015 season while pitching for the Seattle Mariners, first due to a strained finger and then because of a strained lat. When he was healthy, though, Iwakuma was effective. He made 20 starts and won 9 of them, one of them being a no-hitter that he tossed in mid-August. Last season he had a 3.54 ERA and for his career he is an impressive 47-25 record with a 3.17 ERA.

There are still some moves that can be made and some players that can still make a positive effect on the ballclub. In fact, Ken Rosenthai writes on Twitter that Los Angeles now becomes an even more logical landing spot for right-hander Mike Leake and could increase their interest in left-hander Scott Kazmir as well.

We are just not use to seeing the Dodgers loose out on multiple high profile free agents. They usually overpay for talent, and just overpay for aditional talent that covers up the overpaid talent they previously overpaid for. So are they using financial restraint or are they just loosing? Only time will tell.

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