Free agent right-hander Kenta Maeda agreed to a two-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, sources familiar with the matter revealed. The contract is believed to be worth $24 million.
Looking to revive his career after having Tommy John surgery, Maeda posted a 4.23 ERA in 104⅓ innings with 117 strikeouts and 28 walks during his time with the Minnesota Twins. Now entering his eighth major league season, Maeda will join the likes of left-hander Tarik Skubal, who is also returning to baseball following flexor-tendon surgery.
Detroit will be hoping that Maeda helps them to improve on their performance last season, when they went 78-84 in the American League Central. With the reigning ALC champions, Minnesota Twins expected to cut their payroll, the Tigers will hope to take advantage with their new signings including Maeda.