The drama that surrounded the Dodgers trading for Mookie Betts will forever go down in history. After agreeing on a trade, and agreeing on another trade with the Angels, everything spiraled. Medical reports went sour and ultimately the Dodgers had to make trades with the Red Sox and Twins directly.
— Dylan Hernández (@dylanohernandez) February 29, 2020
One of those trades included Kenta Maeda who was apparently satisfied with the trade. Maeda took to his own YouTube page to discuss some of the moving parts that went into him going to the Twins. Maeda has a goal of winning 200 games between the two leagues he has played in, and he currently sits at 144.
Maeda knew that the Dodgers were not going to give him a permanent role in the rotation. He spent 2019 mostly as a swingman between the bullpen and rotation. For his career in Los Angeles, Maeda started 103 games and appeared in 34 as a reliever.
The issue for this year is that there are plenty of options in the Dodgers’ rotation that would be given a shot over Maeda. Young guys like Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and more are likely going to be used more than he would have, so the trade makes sense.
While we hope the two sides left on good terms, it’s not great to hear when a player wants out. Maeda was an integral part of the Dodgers’ 2017 playoff run. He tossed 10.2 innings out of the bullpen and only allowed one earned run.
He was admittedly slightly less integral during the 2019 run, though he was very effective out of the bullpen in the Division Series. Maeda pitched to a 4.04 earned run average 153.2 innings pitched last year.