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MLB Offseason Round-Up: Maeda Heads to Motown, Angels Add Bullpen Piece

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This is one in a series of daily articles highlighting the latest news and notes from the MLB offseason. 

Another free agent starting pitcher is off the board. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda, according to Jon Heyman of the New York Post. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the deal, which is pending a physical, is for $24 million.

The 35-year-old Maeda spent the 2023 season with the Minnesota Twins, where he went 6-8 with a 4.23 ERA across in 21 appearances/20 starts. Maeda missed the entire 2022 season after undergoing elbow surgery.

In his seven-year career between his time with Minnesota and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maeda is 65-49 with a 3.92 ERA. He finished second in the American League Cy Young race in 2020 while with the Twins.

Angels Add Kolarek

The Los Angeles Angeles announced the signing of left-hander Adam Kolarek to a one-year, $900,000 contract for 2024.

Injuries have plagued Kolarek over the past few seasons. He’s combined for 32.2 innings since the start of the 2021 season. For his career, Kolarek is 11-4 with a 3.62 ERA in parts of seven seasons between the Rays, Dodgers, A’s and Mets.

In what’s been a slow-to-develop market this MLB offseason, there should be some activity this week leading up to the Winter Meetings, which take place during the first week of December.

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