Report: Kenta Maeda’s contract is for eight years and $24 million with plenty of incentives

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On Thursday, it was reported that the Dodgers inked Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda to a contract, but contract details had yet to emerge. Christopher Meola, who broke the news of the Maeda signing, reports that the deal is for eight years and a total of $24 million, but includes an extra $10-12 million per year in incentives. The Dodgers also had to pay Maeda’s team, the Hiroshima Carp, $20 million for the right to negotiate.

Maeda represents the Dodgers’ second starting rotation addition this week in what has otherwise been a quiet offseason. The club inked Scott Kazmir to a three-year, $48 million contract on Wednesday. The two will slot behind ace Clayton Kershaw and ahead of lefties Brett Anderson, Alex Wood, and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Maeda, who turns 28 in April, finished the 2015 season with a 2.09 ERA and a 175/41 K/BB ratio in 206 1/3 innings for the Carp in the Japan Central League.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).