So far, the off-season for the Dodgers is shaping up to be a tumultuous one, for better and worse. The continued unraveling of the Astros scandal is opening up 2017 wounds for many, yet also providing a weird chance at closure at the same time. This on top of rumors linking Los Angeles to Mookie Betts, Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Francisco Lindor.
In the midst of this all has reemerged an often overlooked, but still fickle, episode that’s plagued the team the past two seasons. That’s regarding Kenta Maeda’s no longer concealed frustration with being moved to a reliever role, worsened by recent failure to restructure his contract to suit that switch.
It’s a hard situation to reconcile, given Maeda’s contract contains substantial incentives that are triggered by innings pitched. Yet Andrew Friedman’s response to Maeda’s frustration was terse:
Maeda becoming less enjoyable the more this drags on. Glad the Dodgers made it clear he needs to earn it. Tired of this shit. https://t.co/U30qZG0MvL
— Marshall Garvey (@MarshallGarvey) November 15, 2019
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