After a slow start to their offseason, the Dodgers have jumped back into the fray rather quickly. They signed Scott Kazmir to a thee-year deal worth $48 million yesterday, and now Christopher Meola and Jon Heyman are reporting that the Dodgers have won the Kenta Maeda sweepstakes.
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 is coming off a year in which he threw 206.1 innings, posted an ERA of 2.09, and took home his second Sawamura Award (Japan's equivalent to the Cy Young award).
Adding Maeda gives the Dodgers another fresh face for their 2016 rotation, and also provides them with another right-handed pitcher. Before this signing, Los Angeles' tentative rotation was comprised of Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brett Anderson, and Mike Bolsinger (the only right-hander).
While Brandon McCarthy is set to return at some point in 2016, it would be difficult to put out an entirely left-handed rotation, or at the very least one that was 80 percent left-handed.
The NL West now has three incredibly talented pitching staffs, as the Dodgers can trot out Kershaw, Maeda, Kazmir; the Diamondbacks can counter with Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller, and Patrick Corbin; and the Giants can send Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, and Jeff Samardzija to the hill.
Once the full contract details are known, this story will be updated.