Kenta Maeda

SP · Detroit Tigers

Bats R Throws R
Height 6'1" Weight 175
DOB 1988-04-11 Age 35.6
Hometown Osaka, Japan
2023 Fantasy Rankings

NFBC ADP (15-team): 22.08, 323rd

Season Projections

THE BAT$419114.07771093310715555524.111.23

ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

Fantasy Baseball News Last 90 Days

  • RHP Maeda says 'gut feeling' led to him to Tigers

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    New Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenta Maeda spoke with local media on Thursday. "I want to bring a championship ring to Detroit," he said.

    Dec 1 · ESPN Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Tigers Remain Interested In Starting Pitching

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    The Detroit Tigers remain in the market for additional starting pitching, even after finalizing a two-year, $24 million contract with veteran right-hander Kenta Maeda on Tuesday. The Tigers currently sit with a projected rotation of Tarik Skubal, Maeda, Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and one of Reese Olson or Sawyer Gipson-Long at the moment but are seemingly looking to add another arm, whether it be an impact arm near the top of the rotation or a depth piece at the bottom. Mize is coming off of Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2023 season, Manning broke his foot twice last season, and Olson and Gipson-Long have just 22 big-league starts between them, so a veteran arm capable of taking the ball every fifth day continues to make sense for Detroit.

    Nov 29 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Sawyer Gipson-Long Kenta Maeda Matt Manning Casey Mize Reese Olson Tarik Skubal
  • Tigers To Sign Kenta Maeda

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    The Tigers have added some experience to their young rotation, agreeing to sign right-hander Kenta Maeda to a two-year, $24MM contract.  Maeda will undergo his physical on Monday, so the deal should be officially announced within the next 24 hours.  Maeda is represented by the Boras Corporation. Reports emerged earlier this week linking Maeda and…

    Nov 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Kenta Maeda Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Tigers

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    Free-agent pitcher Kenta Maeda and the Detroit Tigers are in agreement on a two-year, $24 million contract. The right-hander will remain in the American League Central after spending the past four seasons with the Minnesota Twins, one of which was eliminated due to Tommy John surgery. Maeda returned from the UCL procedure to work to a 4.23 ERA across 21 outings (20 starts), but underlying numbers suggest he was better than his surface ERA may indicate. Maeda also posted a 3.76 SIERA and a 20.8% K-BB%, which is the second-best mark of his career and his top figure aside from his 28.2% mark posted in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. He will provide a veteran presence for a youthful Tigers rotation in the 2024 campaign.

    Nov 26 · Source via Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Twins Interested In Kenta Maeda Reunion

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    TODAY: Negotiations between Maeda and the Tigers “have intensified in recent days,” according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (X link). NOVEMBER 24: Free agent right-hander Kenta Maeda reportedly has “serious” interest from the Tigers but a reunion with the Twins is still possible. Jon Heyman of The New York Post reports that both the Tigers…

    Nov 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Minnesota Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Kenta Maeda Talks Have Intensified With Tigers

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    Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda has been in talks with the Detroit Tigers this week, and those talks have intensified over the last couple of days. Maeda signed an eight-year, $25 million contract with the Dodgers in 2016 that was full of incentives -- his first contract stateside. The Japanese-born pitcher will be 36 years old next season and will likely receive a one- or two-year contract toward the end of his career. Steamer projections have Maeda pitching in 24 games and finishing 2024 with a 4.15 ERA and 135 strikeouts in 132 innings pitched. Those numbers are similar to his 2023 stats, which means he'd be a good fantasy player in deeper leagues as rotation depth.

    Nov 24 · Source via Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Twins Interested In Kenta Maeda Reunion

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    The Minnesota Twins are interested in bringing back starting pitcher Kenta Maeda. The right-hander has spent the past three seasons in Minnesota, most recently working to a 4.23 ERA across 21 outings (20 starts) in the 2023 season. However, there's reason to believe he pitched better than his surface ERA might suggest as he also posted a 3.76 SIERA while his 20.8% K-BB% was the second-best mark of his MLB career and his best figure among non-COVID seasons as he put forth a 28.2% K-BB% in the shortened 2020 season when he finished second in AL Cy Young voting. The 35-year-old missed the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery but is garnering interest ahead of his second season back while the rival Detroit Tigers have also shown interest in the veteran.

    Nov 24 · Source via Minnesota Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Tigers Showing "Serious Interest" In Kenta Maeda

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    The Tigers have “serious” interest in free agent righty Kenta Maeda, reports Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. The club views him as a possible veteran stabilizer for a young rotation and also hopes a potential Maeda deal would help to “establish themselves in the Japanese pitching market” in the future, Petzold writes. Following…

    Nov 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Detroit Tigers Kenta Maeda
  • Offseason Outlook: Minnesota Twins

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    In conjunction with this post, Anthony Franco will hold a Twins-centric chat on 10-17-23 at 11:00 am Central. Click here to leave a question in advance. The Twins finally snapped their ignominious playoff drought, breaking an 18-game postseason losing streak by sweeping the Blue Jays in the Wild Card Series. After being eliminated by the…

    Oct 16 · MLB Trade Rumors MLB Offseason Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton Willi Castro Carlos Correa Kyle Farmer Kody Funderburk Joey Gallo Nick Gordon Sonny Gray Brent Headrick Griffin Jax Ryan Jeffers Edouard Julien Max Kepler Dallas Keuchel Alex Kirilloff Trevor Larnach Royce Lewis Jordan Luplow Kenta Maeda Tyler Mahle Bailey Ober Chris Paddack Jorge Polanco Joe Ryan Donovan Solano Brock Stewart Michael A. Taylor Caleb Thielbar Louie Varland Matt Wallner Simeon Woods Richardson
  • Kenta Maeda Will Pitch Out Of Bullpen This Week

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    Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda is being moved to the bullpen for the coming week, according to manager Rocco Baldelli. Maeda was originally slated to pitch on Tuesday against Oakland, but Baldelli appears to be setting up his postseason rotation and wants to see Maeda get some reps out of the bullpen in preparation for that. It is a tough break for Maeda's fantasy managers, as a tasty matchup against the A's in the championship week could've made for a nice stat line. Bailey Ober will start in his place on Tuesday and is worth a look in leagues where he is available.

    Sep 25 · Source via Minnesota Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Previewing The 2023-24 Free Agent Class: Starting Pitcher

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    We've been covering the upcoming free agent class at MLBTR, going through each of the non-pitching positions. But now it’s time to take the mound, beginning with the starters. Though it can be debated whether there’s a true ace in the mix, there’s plenty of arms here that would upgrade the rotation of any team.…

    Sep 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Chicago White Sox Toronto Blue Jays Los Angeles Dodgers Detroit Tigers New York Mets Miami Marlins San Francisco Giants New York Yankees San Diego Padres Arizona Diamondbacks Texas Rangers Cincinnati Reds Baltimore Orioles Colorado Rockies Cleveland Guardians Minnesota Twins Chicago Cubs Kansas City Royals Boston Red Sox Philadelphia Phillies Oakland Athletics Seattle Mariners Atlanta Braves Los Angeles Angels Pittsburgh Pirates Houston Astros Jason Alexander A.J. Alexy Chris Bassitt Mookie Betts Matthew Boyd Walker Buehler Carlos Carrasco Daniel Castano Mike Clevinger Alex Cobb Gerrit Cole Johnny Cueto Yu Darvish Zach Davies Jacob deGrom Matt Dermody Christian Encarnacion-Strand Jack Flaherty Chris Flexen Kyle Gibson Lucas Giolito Tony Gonsolin Chi Chi Gonzalez Sonny Gray Shane Greene Zack Greinke Andrew Heaney Kyle Hendricks Rich Hill Jakob Junis Brad Keller Clayton Kershaw Dallas Keuchel Corey Kluber Francisco Lindor Zach Logue Michael Lorenzen Seth Lugo Jordan Lyles Lance Lynn Kenta Maeda Tyler Mahle Sean Manaea Michael Mariot Nick Martinez Dustin May Mike Mayers Luis Medina Luis Medina Wade Miley Alec Mills Tommy Milone Frankie Montas Jordan Montgomery Charlie Morton Joe Musgrove Aaron Nola Daniel Norris Jake Odorizzi Shohei Ohtani James Paxton Martin Perez Zach Plesac Dereck Rodriguez Eduardo Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Amed Rosario Adrian Sampson Max Scherzer JP Sears Kodai Senga Luis Severino Devin Smeltzer Drew Smyly Blake Snell Spencer Steer Ross Stripling Marcus Stroman Noah Syndergaard Jameson Taillon Julio Teheran Zach Thompson Lou Trivino Jose Urena Julio Urias Vince Velasquez Justin Verlander Michael Wacha Ken Waldichuk Taijuan Walker Spenser Watkins Luke Weaver Mitch White Alex Wood
  • Kenta Maeda Brilliant In Win Over White Sox

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    Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kenta Maeda tossed seven sparkling frames on Thursday, matching a season-high while leading the Twins to a 10-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Maeda allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out eight, with both runs coming in his final inning of work. He had his splitter working in this one, as it generated nine whiffs on 25 swings. The 35-year-old's biggest issue this season has been length, so it was nice to see that he was stretched out to 105 pitches in this one. He could be helpful down the stretch for fantasy managers in the playoffs and is worth a look next week with a middling match-up against Cincinnati on tap.

    Sep 15 · Source via Minnesota Twins Kenta Maeda
  • Kenta Maeda Aiming For More Positive Regression Thursday

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    Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda will look to see some more positive regression take place when he takes on the Chicago White Sox on the road Thursday. The veteran right-hander enters Thursday's start sporting a 4.65 ERA on the season, but also a 4.20 FIP, 3.93 SIERA, and a stellar 19.4% K-BB% that is right in line with his 19.6% career mark. The 35-year-old saw improved results with 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball his last time out against the Mets and has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his last nine starts. He has a great opportunity to continue his solid stretch as he takes on a White Sox offense that sits dead last with a .293 wOBA versus right-handed pitching this season.

    Sep 14 · Source via Minnesota Twins Kenta Maeda
    2023 ATC$319114.07571123310415456514.031.20
    2023 Steamer$321142.08891334113719569644.061.25
    2023 THE BAT$419114.07771093310715555524.111.23
    2023 Zeile$020115.9768112351091600554.191.22

    Historic stats obtained free of charge from and are copyrighted by Retrosheet. ATC projections by Ariel Cohen. Steamer projections by Steamer Projections Blog. THE BAT projections by Derek Carty. Zeile Consensus projections by FantasyPros.

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