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Dodgers agree to deal with Kenta Maeda, Japan's top pitcher

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Japan's top pitcher agrees to deal with Dodgers (2:06)

Jim Bowden discusses the report that the Dodgers and pitcher Kenta Maeda, the two-time winner of the Sawamura Award given to Japan's top pitcher, have agreed to a deal. (2:06)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon and Jim Bowden, confirming multiple reports.

The deal is pending results from a physical, a source told Bowden.

The 27-year-old right-hander is a two-time winner of the Sawamura Award, which is given to Japan's top pitcher. He was posted by the Hiroshima Carp on Dec. 4.

Under the posting system, MLB teams could earn the right to negotiate with Maeda for 30 days by agreeing to pay Hiroshima a maximum fee of $20 million. The fee is in addition to whatever salary the Dodgers might pay Maeda.

Maeda matched a career high in wins this past season, with a 15-8 record and a 2.09 ERA. He helped Japan win the bronze medal at the Premier12 tournament in November.

Maeda is not eligible for free agency until 2017. He first asked Hiroshima to post him two years ago, but the team declined.

The agreement comes after the Dodgers announced Wednesday that they had signed veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir to a three-year deal. That gave the Dodgers an all-left-handed rotation, with Clayton Kershaw, Kazmir, Brett Anderson, Alex Wood and perhaps Hyun-Jin Ryu. Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi had said earlier in the offseason that such a situation wasn't ideal, particularly if L.A. were to run into a team that hits lefties in the playoffs.

The Dodgers lost right-hander Zack Greinke to the Arizona Diamondbacks in free agency.

Information from ESPN's Mark Saxon and The Associated Press was used in this report.