The Detroit Tigers have signed right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda to a two-year contract worth $24 million, the major league club said Tuesday.

The 35-year-old from Japan's Osaka Prefecture will make $14 million in 2024 and $10 million in 2025. He will also make an annual donation to the Tigers Foundation, donating a total of $120,000 over the next two years, according to the club.

Making his return after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2021, Maeda had a 6-8 record with a 4.23 ERA in 21 games this year for the Minnesota Twins.

Kenta Maeda of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Oct. 7, 2023. (Kyodo)

Over his final 16 starts of the season, he went 6-3 and helped the Twins win the American League Central division title.

"We wanted to add a veteran presence in our rotation that could both help us win games and influence our young starters," said Scott Harris, the club's president of baseball operations.

"Kenta does a lot of things very well. He's a plus-strike-thrower. He has multiple swing-and-miss secondary options. He's an excellent competitor."

Maeda has a 65-49 record with a 3.92 ERA in 190 games, 155 of them starts, for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Twins in his major league career.


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