Monday, October 6, 2014

Japanese Stud Maeda Wants to Sign With Yankees or Red Sox

Hiroshima Toyo Carp Pitcher Kenta Maeda wants to join either the Yankees or Red Sox when he moves to MLB next season, The Boston Globe reports.

Maeda, who's pitched for the Toyo Carp in Japan since 2008, went 11-8 with a 2.56 ERA this year, striking out an average of 7.7 hitters per nine frames during that time. As for his whole career with the club, Maeka's gone an impressive 82-58 with a 2.43 ERA, numbers that obviously call for a lot of money.

Indeed, according to the Globe, Maeda is expected to get a 6-year/$120-$130 million deal when he gets posted this offseason, an amount that may seem a little high due to his good-but-not-amazing record and his recent evalutation as a #4 starter. Nonetheless, since guys like CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova are mysteries going into 2015 it'd be strange if the Yankees didn't at least give this guy a look, as signing him doesn't look like something that could go wrong.

Also, considering acquiring Masahiro Tanaka for more cash last winter worked about as well as it could one can't help but see this deal happening as possible. Still, due to the fact that the Red Sox were also mentioned in Maeda's list of potential suitors the Yanks must make sure to not get too ahead of themselves here, even if doing so right now is hard to say the least.

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