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Iwakuma will be 35 next April, making him the oldest of the free agent candidates. He obviously won’t receive a long term deal, but he would be a great short-term signing.
He’s been hidden by Felix Hernandez‘s dominance in Seattle, but Iwakuma has been extremely solid in his four years in Seattle. He started off horribly last season and went on the DL after three starts, but came back in June and allowed three runs or fewer in 14 of his final 17 starts. The other three were horrible starts, but if healthy Iwakuma could be a sneakily good, inexpensive option as he gets older.
Iwakuma received a qualifying offer, so signing him would cost the Dodgers their first round pick. A short-term deal with Iwakuma might not be worth the pick+the money, so if they sign him they’d be wise to also go after other QO options (Jason Heyward/Alex Gordon).