It turns out Scott Kazmir wasn't the final Dodgers move for 2015. One day after officially adding one starting pitcher, the Dodgers are in agreement with yet another one in Japanese right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, and first reported by Christopher Meola.
The terms aren't yet known, but whatever the deal is will have a $20 million release fee tacked on, which the Dodgers will pay to the Hiroshima Carp, who posted Maeda. He had a 30-day period to reach agreement with an MLB team, needing to finalize the deal by Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. PT.
If this offseason has taught us anything, with Hisashi Iwakuma and Aroldis Chapman, a deal isn't done until a deal is done, so forgive me if I continue to preach patience until this deal is finalized.
For what it's worth, Jeff Passan of Yahoo also reported the agreement between Maeda and the Dodgers, but also noted that the contract won't be official "for days."
Then, there is this:
Told Maeda agreement with #Dodgers is complicated and at least 5 yrs, and loaded with performance bonuses.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 31, 2015
Maeda turns 28 in April. The right-hander was 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA in 29 starts in 2015, capturing the Eiji Sawamura Award as the top starting pitcher in the Japanese Central League, his second such award in six years.
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Wednesday said the addition of Kazmir wouldn't prevent the club from adding more starting pitching, though he refused to comment specifically about Maeda.
"We're always looking to improve the team. We certainly have a healthy number of starting pitching options, both veteran guys and young guys coming up through the system who will be ready at some point in 2016," Zaidi said. "There are some guys coming back from injury, so to the extent that adding more certainty to the rotation is an option for us, we'll continue to take a look at those."
There is also the matter of Maeda being right-handed, joining a rotation with four left-handed pitchers, and that's before considering southpaw Hyun-jin Ryu, coming back from shoulder surgery.