Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda (35), who signed an 8-year, $24 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and entered the U.S. stage, but signed a so-called slave contract with more options than his salary, has achieved free agency status. What will happen to him next season?
The Athletic predicted the Minnesota Twins’ offseason on the 26th (Korean time) and looked into whether Sonny Gray Maeda and Joey Gallo would remain.
The media said, “Maeda will be able to receive a good salary in the free agent market thanks to the good performance he showed in returning from injury (from injury) from the end of June to the beginning of October,” and added, “The four-seam fastball required for success was recorded at 91.2 mph (about 146.7 km) at the time.” He highlighted Maeda’s performance, saying, “In 88 ⅓ innings, he struck out 103 batters and recorded an ERA of 3.36.”
At the same time, he predicted Maeda’s future. Remaining in Minnesota seemed impossible.
The media said, “Minnesota could receive a large offer that it cannot meet. Potentially, it could receive a two-year contract from a team that desperately needs stability,” adding, “Minnesota will sign a one-year contract as a candidate for the 4th and 5th starters, and so on. “You won’t be able to catch it,” he predicted.
Maeda appeared in 21 games (20 starts) this season, pitched 104⅓ innings, and recorded a record of 6 wins, 8 losses, and an average ERA of 4.23.
The beginning of the season was difficult. Last April, he was absent for two months due to a right arm injury. But when he returned, he took over as a starting pitcher and pitched until the end of the season.
After his return, he pitched 88⅓ innings with an ERA of 3.36, helping Minnesota win the American League Central Division.
And I also experienced fall baseball. Maeda, who was moved to the bullpen, did not pitch in the Wild Card game against Toronto, but did take the mound in the division series against Houston.
In the first game held on the 8th, Maeda, who was on the mound in the 5th inning as the second pitcher following starter Bailey Over, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, and 2 innings in 2 innings.굿모닝토토 주소
He then appeared in the third game on the 11th. Maeda, who appeared in the 6th inning as the third pitcher this time, allowed 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, over 2 innings.
Maeda’s fall baseball ended here. Minnesota was eliminated after losing the series with 1 win and 3 losses.
Maeda signed an 8-year, $24 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and entered the American stage. It was a kind of slave contract with more options than the basic salary. His annual salary was only $25 million (about 33.2 billion won).
This year, the grueling eight-year slave contract ended. Now we are entering the free agent market. Attention is focused on what conditions he will meet.