Report: Dodgers to sign Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda

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UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that Maeda’s deal with the Dodgers is for at least five years, but it’s “complicated” and includes a bunch of incentives.

6:24 p.m. ET: Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that while the two sides have an agreement, details are still being worked out and the deal won’t be official for a few days.

5:41 p.m. ET: One day after adding left-hander Scott Kazmir to their rotation on a three-year contract, the Dodgers have signed Japanese right-hander Kenta Meada, according to Christopher Meola on Twitter. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has confirmed the report.

No word on the terms involved in the deal. In addition to a contract, the Dodgers will presumably pay the maximum $20 million posting fee to Maeda’s team in Japan, the Hiroshima Carp. Maeda was put through the posting process earlier this month and MLB teams faced a January 8th deadline to sign him to a contract. It comes as no surprise that he ended up with the Dodgers, as he reportedly paid a visit to Dodger Stadium a week ago.

Maeda turns 28 in April and posted a 2.39 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 over his eight seasons in Japan. He had a 2.09 ERA and 175/41 K/BB ratio in 206 1/3 innings this past season. While Maeda might not have the upside of other high-profile pitchers who have recently come over from Japan like Yu Darvish or Masahiro Tanaka, he should help a rotation which features multiple wild cards. He’ll also be the lone right-hander in a group which includes Clayton Kershaw, Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Brandon McCarthy, another right-hander, is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and will likely be sidelined until around midseason.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.