Kenta Maeda won’t be posted to MLB this year
The right-hander will not be available to major-league teams this winter.
The Hiroshima Carp have informed star pitcher Kenta Maeda that they will not be posting him this offseason, according to a report from The Japan Times. It was previously thought that the Carp would hold onto Maeda for next season, though the decision was not official until now.
The news that Maeda will stay in Japan is surely good news for Max Scherzer and James Shields, who remain unsigned and will face less competition on the free-agent market for starting pitchers. The Diamondbacks were thought to be very interested in Maeda, with GM Dave Stewart publicly praising the right-hander this offseason, but Arizona may now turn to Shields or Scherzer as they look for a high-end starter. If Maeda is posted next offseason, he will presumably be in the midst of a free agent market stocked with number two or better starters, such as Mat Latos, Jordan Zimmermann, Johnny Cueto, and possibly Zack Greinke among others.
Maeda, 26, was 11-9 with a 2.60 ERA in 27 starts for the Carp last season and has established himself as one of the best pitchers in Japan over the past five years. In seven seasons, he has a lifetime 82-59 record with a 2.44 ERA and 3.8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.