The Osaka-born 26-year-old from the Hiroshima Toyo Carp is most interested in playing either in Boston or New York and, as Cafardo reports, the expectation is that the deal could be between $120 and $130 million over a six-year contract.
Maeda had a 2.56 ERA in 179 innings this season for the Carp.
Here's Baseball America's Ben Badler with a report from an international director on Maeda from 2013:
"He could be a fourth starter at the big league level. I really like his command and he has a good slider. He doesn’t have much plane, he really has to hit his spots, but he has good stuff. It’s not overpowering stuff, but he’ll keep you in games.”
In January, the Yankees signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal.
- Marc Weinreich