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Kevin Millwood beats out Hisashi Iwakuma for final spot in Mariners’ rotation

Mar 21, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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Manager Eric Wedge announced today that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will be joined in the Mariners’ rotation by Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan, and Kevin Millwood.

Millwood signed a minor-league deal in January after spending the end of last season with the Rockies and the 37-year-old beat out Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Iwakuma, who was an elite starter in Japan for his entire career, will begin the season in the bullpen after showing underwhelming velocity. Last offseason the A’s bid $19 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Iwakuma and then balked at paying his asking price, which now looks like a very sound decision. His deal with the Mariners is worth just $1.5 million in upfront money.

  1. justinreds - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Will Ferrell got the last spot on the Mariners rotation. Good Job!

    • coachwheatley - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Easy there justin, Kevin has more left in the tank than you ever had in your career. What’s that? Oh that’s right YOU NEVER PLAYED THE GAME! Shut up while you’re a head! Richard cranium!!

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