Japanese star Kenta Maeda reportedly agrees to terms with Dodgers
Deal is reported to be for 8 years
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed terms with Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday, as the team continues to fill the void left by the departure of Zack Greinke.
Maeda, a starting pitcher, has a 97-67 win-loss record and a 2.39 ERA in eight seasons with the Hiroshima Carp in Japan.
The 27-year-old is coming off a 15-8 season which earned him a second Eiji Sawamura Award as the top starting pitcher in the league, the Japanese equivalent of the Cy Young Award.
Maeda was posted by the Hiroshima Carp, who will receive a fee of up to $20 million US from any club that signs him.
The Dodgers have yet to confirm the deal, reported to be for eight years, which comes hot on the heels of the signing of free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Maeda alluded to the deal on his Twitter account, wishing Los Angeles a happy new year and saying he was excited by a new challenge and delighted to accomplish a long held dream.
The Dodgers are seeking to replace Greinke, who has joined National League West rivals Arizona in a blockbuster six-year deal.
Greinke finished second in the Cy Young Award voting this year after recording the best ERA in the majors.
Under an agreement between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball, a player from Japan can negotiate with MLB clubs for 30 days after being posted.
If the player signs during this period, the MLB team must pay the "posting fee" to the Japanese team.