Dodgers make Kenta Maeda signing official, Maeda says there were irregularities in his physical

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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.

As of now, he slots in the rotation mix along with Clayton Kershaw, Scott KazmirBrett Anderson, Alex Wood, and Hyun-Jin Ryu in some combination or another.

Blue Jays sign Marc Rzepczynski to minor league deal

Marc Rzepczynski
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The Blue Jays announced on Monday the signing of lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. “Scrabble,” as he’s affectionately known, spent the first two and a half years of his career with the Blue Jays in 2009-11.

Rzepczynski, 34, hasn’t appeared in the majors since July 2018. He struggled across 44 2/3 innings with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate, last year. He posted a 5.04 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 28 walks.

While lefty relievers are always high in demand, it seems likely that Rzepczynski will begin the regular season in the minors and serve as organizational depth for the Blue Jays.