Dodgers complete eight-year deal with Maeda


LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Dodgers finalized an eight-year, $25 million deal with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda on Thursday (Friday in Manila) that could be worth up to $106.2 million if his health holds up. Maeda could earn the full value of the incentives by making the opening-day roster each of the next eight seasons, pitching 200 innings and making at least 32 starts every year. The 27-year-old right-hander, introduced at a news conference in Dodger Stadium, had irregularities in his physical that were not specified by the team. Maeda acknowledged past elbow problems, but said he believes he can pitch an entire season in the major leagues.


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