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“Targeting the Japanese pitcher market in the future.”

Kenta Maeda (35) is receiving considerable attention from major league clubs.

Real GM Baseball of the U.S. reported on the 23rd (Korean time), “The Detroit Tigers are seriously interested in free agent Maeda.”

Detroit reportedly views Maeda as a veteran who can stabilize its young starting rotation.

Furthermore, it appears that they are interested in targeting the Japanese market.

The media reported, “We hope that the potential signing of Maeda will help solidify our position in the Japanese pitching market.”

Maeda escaped from the 8-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the so-called “slave contract.”

Maeda, who returned this year after returning from Tommy John surgery last year, was extremely diligent, but was unable to play full-time. This is because another injury occurred early in the season. This time he had another two months off due to a triceps injury.

Still, after struggling in the second half, he recorded 6 wins, 8 losses, and an average ERA of 4.23 in 21 games, helping the team advance to the postseason. His career major

league records were 190 games, 866 ⅓ innings, 65 wins, 49 losses, and an average ERA of 3.92.

After the season ended, he qualified as a free agent and is looking for a team. As he is in his mid-30s, his durability is considered a variable as he has a history of injuries and surgeries.

However, Maeda's agent Scott Boras expressed confidence, saying, "More than 10 clubs are showing interest. He will definitely be able to enter the starting rotation."

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