One day after it appeared the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to open the season with an all-southpaw rotation the team has reportedly added another starter to the mix.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting the team has signed Japanese free agent 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
Maeda, 27, is a veteran of Japan’s Central League posting a 97-67 record and 2.39 ERA across eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp. He’s coming off a year where he went 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA and struck out 175 batters over 206.1 innings.
Not only has Maeda succeeded in Japan, he’s also excelled on the international stage. The right-hander represented his country in the 2013 World Baseball Classic going 2-0 allowing only two hits and one walk in ten innings while striking out 15. He was named to the tournament’s “Best-9′ team for his efforts.
With Maeda entering the fold the Dodgers now have a starting corps that includes Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy.
The financial terms of the deal have not been released.