The Dodgers have splurged on the international market again, this time signing Japanese ace Kenta Maeda.

Maeda will balance out an extremely lefty rotation, which includes the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Scott Kazmir, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brett Anderson. There is most likely a trade brewing, or, as the saying goes, you can never have too much pitching.

The Dodgers paid a hefty $20M posting fee to gain the negotiation rights of Maeda, and subsequently signed him to an 8-year, $25M deal. Yes, thats $25M total, not per year.

Here’s the catch: Maeda, 28, can receive up to $10M a year more based on incentives. This is definelty the most interesting deal of the offseason, and most probably the one that will pay off most. By placing all the money on incentives, the Dodgers displaced all the risk.

Mead’s 2.09 ERA of last season was the usual for the Japanese right hander, who hasn’t broken a 2.60 ERA since 2010. Made uses movement, rather than velocity, to fool hitters. The consensus seems to be that his fastball sits at around 92, with his secondary stuff moving all over the place.

It’s a deal that seems to be an easy win for the current day Evil Empire, who seem to snatch every international player they can get their hands on.


Isaac Sasson

Spark Sports MLB Analyst