It’s unclear if Kenta Maeda will be posted this year

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Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda is considered a top candidate to be posted by his team, the Hiroshima Carp, this winter. At the moment, however, Hiroshima’s owner is going back and forth on the idea, telling the Japan Times that “We would like to let him go, but based on his production this year it will be difficult.”

Maeda, 26, had a 2.56 ERA and a 154/40 K/BB ratio in 179 innings this season for the Hiroshima Carp. He is not the hardest thrower around — low 90s is where he tops out — but he profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter at the moment.