Dodgers Newest Japanese Sensation Signing At Spring Training (Photo)

Recently, the Deluxe Signature Collection collectables company provided iFolloSports.com with this photo of Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda signing autographs, during Cactus League Spring Training in Arizona.

Maeda, who pitched in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league from 2008-2015, is a five-time NPB All-Star, posting 97 wins and a paltry 2.39 ERA, during his time with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

This past offseason, the 27-year-old Osaka native served as LA’s biggest free agent signing, upon agreeing to an eight-year/$25 million contract. The Dodgers paid an additional $20 million posting fee for the right to negotiate with Maeda.

The organization is looking to the 6’1 righty to help fill the gaping hole left by All-Star Zack Grienke, who signed with the division rival Diamondbacks, back in December.

Dodger fans can also check out photos of Yasiel Puig and Tommy Lasorda signing autographs during 2016 spring training.