Earlier this month, Kenta Maeda expressed interest in pitching in the Major Leagues, even going as far as saying he’d pitch for either the Boston Red Sox or the New York Yankees. Now, his plans could be dashed and the Yankees could lose the chance of bulking up their rotation.
According to the New York Daily News, The Hiroshima Carp owner Hajime Matsuda is reluctant to post the 26-year-old after the pitcher went 11-9 with a 2.60 ERA. The 2.60 ERA is considered a disappointment considering Maeda went 1.53 and 2.10 the last two seasons.
“We have the right. We would like to let him go, but based on his production this year it will be difficult,” Kyodo quoted Matsuda saying. Maeda, who has said he wants to pitch in the majors, could be a free agent in 2017.
The Yankees are currently meeting to plan out the offseason which includes finding a new starting pitcher and finding a replacement for Derek Jeter.