Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A potential deal for a player to join the Dodgers is on hold. This time it’s the agreement with Japanese import Kenta Maeda.
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the deal hasn’t been made official yet because of concerns over Maeda’s elbow.
Source says #Dodgers-Kenta Maeda deal is taking a while because of concerns over his elbow. Expected to be official in next day or 2.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 6, 2016
The Dodgers already had deals for Hisashi Iwakuma and Aroldis Chapman nixed earlier in the offseason (for vastly different reasons, of course), but it does seem, based on Crasnick’s report, that this one will ultimately go through.
Maeda has pitched at least 175 innings in each season since 2009, and though that does prove he has been durable, you can’t blame the Dodgers for being overly cautious about this. They’re shelling out a boatload of money for someone they expect — and need — to be a mainstay in the rotation for years to come.
And while I wouldn’t expect this agreement to fall through, with the way this offseason has gone I don’t think it would surprise anyone if it did.