Kenta Maeda will not be posted

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Jim Allen of the Kyodo News reports that the Hiroshima Carp have informed right-handed starter Kenta Maeda that he will not be posted this offseason.

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. Many thought this may be the year he would be allowed to come to play in the U.S. but, welp, no.

He will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season.