Kenta Maeda agrees to terms with Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers apparently followed up the signing of by reaching an agreement Thursday with Japanese free-agent starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, as reported by Christopher Meola and confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and Jeff cheap mlb jerseys Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

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The club, however, did not confirm the initial report, which indicated the deal spans eight years. The Dodgers also never confirmed the widely reported agreement with free-agent pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, which ultimately was nixed over physical concerns.

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Maeda was posted by the Hiroshima Carp, who will receive a posting fee that could reach a maximum of $20 mlb jersey size chart million from any club that signs him. He would be the only healthy right-hander in an L.A. rotation that includes , , Alex Wood and Kazmir. The latter signed a three-year, $48 million deal with an opt-out after the first year.

Lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu might be ready for Spring Training after shoulder surgery, and right-hander is expected back from Tommy John surgery at the All-Star break.

Kazmir and Maeda, who turns 28 in April, became the default best options for the Dodgers as they try to repair the hole left by the departure of to division rival Arizona.

Maeda met with the club at Dodger Stadium last week to conclude his North American interviews with teams. He has until Jan. 8 to reach a deal.

He was 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA in 29 starts in 2015, winning his league’s version of the Cy Young Award. In eight seasons with Hiroshima, Maeda is 97-67 with a 2.39 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

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