The Dodgers officially introduced pitcher Kenta Maeda in a press conference today. And the seemingly insanely team-friendly contract Maeda received was made much more understandable.
Specifically, Maeda said, through an interpreter, that there were irregularities in his physical with the Dodgers that were factored into his contract. He did not say what those were. He said, however, that he is not worried about this season, saying “I’m confident I’ll be able to pitch.”
Certainly worth watching. And, from Maeda’s perspective, it’s certainly worth pitching. The deal is for eight years and a guaranteed total of only $24 million, but it includes an extra $10-12 million per year in incentives, almost certainly innings and games incentives, as specific statistical milestones beyond that are not allowable in major league deals.