The other addition to the Dodgers rotation was the signing of Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda to an eight-year incentive-loaded deal. Maeda was 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA during his final season with the Hiroshima Carp.
He made 29 starts and logged 206.1 innings. It was the fourth time over the last six years he tossed at least 200 innings and made 26 starts. For his career, Maeda was 97-67 with a 2.39 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and averaged 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
He had a successful first spring with the Dodgers, giving up just six earned runs in 23 innings (2.35 ERA) on 18 hits, while walking five while and out 20.
Maeda has very much looked the part of the pitcher who twice won the Japanese version of the Cy Young Award.
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