Dodgers to announce signing of Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda

(Ben Margot/AP)

(Ben Margot/AP)

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers are set to announce the signing of free-agent Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda.

Los Angeles scheduled a news conference on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, and a person familiar with the event said the subject of the news conference was Maeda.

The 27-year-old pitcher will become the only healthy right-hander in the team’s otherwise lefty-dominated rotation, joining Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Scott Kazmir and Alex Wood. The Dodgers lost right-hander Zack Greinke, who opted out of his contract and signed with NL West rival Arizona.

Maeda has been pitching for the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Central League, who will be paid a posting fee by the Dodgers.

Maeda was 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA in 29 starts in 2015. In eight seasons with Hiroshima, Maeda went 97-67 with a 2.39 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.BaseballDodgersJapaneseLAMLB

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