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Mariners sign P Hisashi Iwakuma

Updated: January 5, 2012, 10:23 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

The Seattle Mariners have signed free agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma to a one-year contract.

Iwakuma's agent, Paul Cobbe, told ESPN.com the deal is worth $1.5 million guaranteed, but the total value could increase to $4.9 million if Iwakuma reaches designated award bonuses and incentives based on starts and innings pitched.

Iwakuma, a 30-year-old right-hander, was a long-time star for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. He slots into a Seattle rotation that's led by former Cy ...

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