LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — According to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman, the Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with free agent pitcher Kenta Maeda.
Hearing from a baseball source, kenta maeda and dodgers are in agreement. No word on $. @DfineNrmLC all over this one
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 31, 2015
The signing comes just days after the club signed left-hander Scott Kazmir to a three-year, $48 million deal.
Maeda was still under contract with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, so the Dodgers owe them a posting fee, likely the $20 million maximum.
Maeda, 27, was 97-67 with a 2.39 ERA in eight seasons in Japan’s top league. His best year was in 2012, but he was pretty stellar last season too, going 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 175 strikeouts in 206 1/3 innings.
Sources: Dodgers agree to deal with Japanese RHP Kenta Maeda. Details still being worked out. Won’t be official for days. @DfineNRMLC 1st.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 31, 2015
The specifics of the Maeda deal are not known yet.
Told Maeda agreement with #Dodgers is complicated and at least 5 yrs, and loaded with performance bonuses.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 31, 2015
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