The Boston Red Sox are expected to do some work on their pitching staff this offseason, and it sounds like they’re considering the international market to help do so.
The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported Monday that the Red Sox have been scouting Japanese right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda.
According to Cafardo, the Red Sox have had “multiple scouts and executives” watching Maeda, who has been pitching with the Hiroshima Carp.
Maeda, according to Cafardo, will be posted in November, which is when the Red Sox and the rest of Major League Baseball will be able to post a $25 million fee to earn the chance to negotiate with the righty.
The 26-year-old is 11-8 this season with a 2.58 ERA and 137 strikeouts in 164 innings of work this season. Maeda has impressive career numbers through seven seasons with Hiroshima. He’s 82-58 in his career with a 2.43 ERA. Maeda has logged at least 193 innings in five of his seasons and could surpass the 200-inning mark for the fourth time in his career this season.
Here are some of his highlights.
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