Maeda gave up a run, on a home run, with a strikeout over two innings in his Twins debut in Saturday's spring training win over Boston.
Minnesota has said that Maeda will be part of the starting rotation and there's no indication he may be used in the bullpen at times like he was with the Dodgers. He moved to the bullpen in September each of the last two seasons in Los Angeles. His 26.4 K% and 8.3 BB% as a starter should help make Maeda an above-average starter with the Twins.
The Dodgers agreed to a deal Sunday that sends Maeda and cash to the Twins in return for Brusdar Graterol, Luke Raley and the 67th pick in the 2020 draft, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Following the drama between the Red Sox and Twins involving Graterol's medical history, it was uncertain whether the 31-year-old would find a new home before spring training arrived. Maeda finished the 2019 season with a 4.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 169:51 K:BB across 26 starts. The veteran makes the move to another playoff contender and will likely compete for a spot near the top of the Twins' rotation during spring training.
Maeda will not be heading to Minnesota after the Twins withdrew from the reported three-team deal between them, the Dodgers and the Red Sox on Saturday, Chris Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The issue surrounded Brusdar Graterol, who was supposed to head from Minnesota to Boston. The Red Sox balked at Graterol's medical history and demanded an additional prospect from the Twins, who elected to withdraw from the deal rather than send an additional player. As a result, Maeda won't be headed from Los Angeles to Minnesota. Whether he winds up being sent elsewhere as the Dodgers and Red Sox search for a new partner or if the deal winds up being called off entirely remains to be seen.
Maeda is heading from the Dodgers to the Twins on Tuesday in a three-team trade with the Red Sox that includes Mookie Betts, David Price, Alex Verdugo and pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Betts and Price will join the Dodgers while Verdugo and Graterol head to the Red Sox in the deal. Maeda has mostly worked as a starter for Los Angeles over the last four seasons, and he had a 4.04 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 169:51 K:BB over 153.2 innings last season. The 31-year-old was moved to the bullpen multiple times in the last couple years given the Dodgers' dearth of starting options, but he should have a more solidified spot in the Twins' starting rotation in 2020.
Maeda struck out two batters without allowing a baserunner to earn the save Thursday against the Padres.
Kenley Jansen closed the Dodgers' victories Tuesday and Wednesday, so the team opted to rest him in favor of Maeda for the final outs Thursday. Maeda proved up to the task, striking out the first two batters he faced before inducing a popup to retire the final hitter. He's shifted to a one-inning role since Sept. 12 and turned in six scoreless efforts in seven appearances since.
Maeda pitched two-thirds of an inning against the Mets on Sunday, allowing a walk but no hits or runs to record the save. He struck out one batter.
Usual closer Kenley Jansen was deployed in the eighth inning, so Maeda was called upon to wrap up the win. He issued a two-out walk to Robinson Cano but subsequently struck out Joe Panik to record his second save. The 31-year-old doesn't figure to get many more opportunities to close moving forward, but he is a vital piece on the Dodgers' staff as a multi-faceted veteran capable of filling many roles. Maeda has been a starter most of the season, but he figures to stick in the bullpen through September as the team prepares him for high-leverage relief situations in the playoffs.
Maeda will be used in high-leverage relief situations in the postseason, J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register reports.
Since being moved to the bullpen in early September, Maeda has been used as a long reliever, making two appearances of four innings apiece. However, manager Dave Roberts indicated Sunday that this is not the role Maeda will take in the playoffs; rather, the 31-year-old will be used in the same important high-leverage situations in which he has thrived the past two postseasons. In 17 playoff relief appearances between 2017 and 2018, Maeda pitched 17.1 innings and compiled a 2.08 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.
Maeda (9-8) earned the win against San Francisco on Sunday, tossing four shutout innings and allowing one hit while striking out six.
Maeda took over for Julio Urias in the third inning and spun four innings of nearly hitless baseball, limiting the Giants to a sixth-inning single. The outing was Maeda's second since he was transitioned to the bullpen, and his usage in the two games -- eight total innings and 107 pitches -- suggests that the Dodgers are setting him up to function as a bulk reliever on a starter's schedule. This idea was echoed in a postgame interview aired on SportsNet LA with manager Dave Roberts, who indicated that Maeda would not pitch in the upcoming series against Baltimore in order to be ready for the following series against the Mets.
Manager Dave Roberts said Maeda would serve as the Dodgers' bulk reliever behind opener Julio Urias in Sunday's game against the Giants, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Maeda transitioned to a relief role at the beginning of the week, giving up three runs but capturing his fourth career save while working the final four innings of the Sept. 2 win over the Rockies. Since he'll be available Sunday on five days' rest, Maeda should be able to work as long as needed in the series finale. Urias is only slated to work the first three innings, and Roberts noted that Maeda could "absolutely" finish out the final six frames, should the right-hander's performance warrant an extended appearance.
Maeda was credited with the save against the Rockies on Monday, giving up three earned runs on four hits over four innings, striking out five and walking none as the Dodgers won 16-9.
Maeda saw out the rest of the contest after taking over for Walker Buehler and wound up getting his first save of the season despite giving up three runs in his four innings of work. His move to the bullpen diminishes some of the value he was carrying as a starter, but if he keeps getting multiple innings of work like he did in this game, he should still be effective as a ratio stabilizer. Overall, the 31-year-old sports a 4.18 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 154:47 K:BB across 142 innings.
Manager Dave Roberts said Maeda will pitch out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Maeda was originally scheduled to start Tuesday against the Rockies, but Julio Urias will get the ball instead while Maeda moves to the bullpen for the stretch run. The 31-year-old owns a respectable 4.14 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 147:47 K:BB through 26 starts (137 innings) this season but will transition to a relief role ahead of the playoffs.
Maeda gave up gave up two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out three through five innings in a no-decision against the Padres on Wednesday.
Maeda ran into trouble early, allowing two runs in the first inning before delivering four scoreless innings. The 31-year-old was pulled after 79 pitches and has only pitched more than five innings twice in his last nine starts. The right-hander has a 4.26 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP in his last five starts. Maeda is scheduled for his next start Tuesday against the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.
Maeda did not factor into the decision against Toronto on Thursday, hurling six innings and giving up two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine.
Maeda limited the Blue Jays to one extra-base hit -- a sixth-inning home run by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. -- while whiffing nine for his second straight start. He effectively controlled the zone and kept Toronto hitters guessing, tossing strikes on 57 of 85 pitches and inducing 19 swinging strikes. Maeda now owns a 4.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 146:44 K:BB in 133 innings this season and will next head south to face the Padres on Wednesday.
Maeda didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 8-3 win over Atlanta, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks over 4.2 innings while striking out nine.
It was another inefficient performance for Maeda, who's completed five innings only twice in eight outings since the All-Star break. The right-hander will take a 4.18 ERA and 137:43 K:BB through 127 innings into his next start Thursday, at home against the Blue Jays.
Maeda (8-8) earned the victory Saturday by pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six in a 4-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
Maeda gave up 14 runs (13 earned) over his previous three appearances, spanning 11 innings, but he was much better Saturday. It was his longest outing since July 6, when he tossed 7.2 innings against the Padres. The 31-year-old lowered his ERA to 4.12 with a 1.09 WHIP and 128:39 K:BB across 122.1 innings this season. Maeda is expected to draw the Braves in a road start Friday.
Maeda did not factor into the decision against the Padres on Sunday, completing 2.2 innings and allowing five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four.
Maeda pitched two perfect frames before falling apart in a five-run third inning that included a grand slam off the bat of Eric Hosmer. The outing marked the first time Maeda has completed less than four innings in a start this season and extended his streak of winless appearances to 12. It was also the second consecutive start in which the Japanese hurler allowed five earned runs, though it bears mentioning that the previous outing was in the altitude of Colorado. Maeda now sports a 4.37 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 122:39 K:BB in 115.1 innings this season and is next scheduled to face the Diamondbacks on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Maeda (7-8) took the loss against the Rockies on Monday, giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits over four innings, striking out five and walking two as the Dodgers fell 9-1.
Maeda only gave up one run through his first four innings, but things got away from him in the fifth as the Rockies tagged him for five more runs in that frame and chased him from the contest. The 31-year-old right-hander is still sporting respectable numbers overall, as he's got a 4.07 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and a 118:38 K:BB through 112.2 innings. He's scheduled to take the mound next at home against the Padres on Saturday.
Maeda (7-7) took the loss against the Angels on Tuesday, hurling 4.1 innings and giving up three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Maeda held the Angels to one run through four innings but surrendered a long home run to Mike Trout in the fifth, which was quickly followed by a Justin Upton double. Maeda was then pulled from the game -- due in part to tossing 95 pitches on a warm Los Angeles night -- and charged with another run when Upton came around to score. The 31-year-old has now lost five straight decisions to even his record at 7-7 despite allowing three runs or fewer in four of the five losses. He'll carry a 3.81 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 113:36 K:BB into high altitude when he faces the Rockies on Monday in his next scheduled start.
Manager Dave Roberts said that Maeda will likely pitch an inning in relief Friday or Saturday against the Marlins before slotting back into the rotation Tuesday against the Angels, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Maeda tossed two scoreless, no-hit innings in his start in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the Phillies, with his early departure coming as the result of a lengthy rain delay. Since he only tossed 35 pitches in the outing, Maeda won't need more than a day or two before being ready to contribute out of the bullpen. The relief appearance will essentially be the equivalent of a normal between-starts side session for the 31-year-old, who shouldn't face any strict workload limits when he rejoins the rotation next week.
Maeda allowed no hits and two walks while striking out three across two scoreless innings Wednesday against the Phillies. He did not factor into the decision.
Maeda uncharacteristically struggled with his control in his rain-shortened effort Wednesday. He handed out two free passes in as many innings and got just 19 of his 35 pitches across the plate for strikes. Maeda is currently scheduled to draw his next start Tuesday against the Angels.
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