The Dodgers, fresh off of signing Scott Kazmir, have come to an agreement with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, pending a physical.
He should bring balance to a mostly left-handed pitching rotation, adding a much needed right hand to Los Angeles.
Maeda pitched with the Hiroshima Carp last season, finishing with a 15-8 record and a 2.09 ERA. The 27 year old right hander is also a two time winner of the Sawamura Award, the Nippon League’s version of the Cy Young Award. Unlike other recent Japanese pitchers like Yu Darvish, Maeda pitches with a focus on a slider. He is more of a precision pitcher rather than a speedball type. This scouting report by C.J. Nitkowski is one of the better articles I’ve seen regarding Maeda’s chances in a major league lineup.