• Japanese hurler Maeda reportedly headed to Dodgers

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    LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to sign Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, multiple US media outlets reported on Friday. The 27-year-old right-hander was posted by his Japanese club the Hiroshima Carp, who will be due a posting fee of up to $20 million by any Major League Club that signs him. Maeda has pitched for Hiroshima since 2008, going 97-67 with a 2.39 earned-run-average. He went 15-8 last season with a 2.09 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 206 1/3 innings, earning his second Sawamura Award as top pitcher. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers were all said to be interested him. The reported deal comes one day after the Dodgers signed free-agent starting pitcher Scott Kazmir.

    AFP

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