The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda.
The deal was first reported by Jon Heyman.
Maeda, 27, plays professionally in Japan for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. Maeda has a career record of 97–67, with a 2.39 ERA and 1,233 strikeouts.
Since his professional debut in 2008, Maeda has made three All-Star games, won three Golden Glove awards and captured the Sawamura award for best pitcher two times in his career.
Maeda had until Jan. 8 to sign with a MLB team or else he had to return to Hiroshima for one more season.
He asked to be posted twice before this winter, but his request was denied each time.