Kenta Maeda looks like back-of-rotation starter, but nothing more

Kenta Maeda could still prove a worthwhile investment for the Dodgers, even if he doesn't turn into an ace for the team. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Due to concerns about the health of Kenta Maeda’ arm, this winter the Dodgers signed him to a surprisingly cheap eight-year, $25 million deal, with incentives that could boost his salary to up to $12 million a year. If he stays healthy, he'll be well worth the investment as long as he's even an adequate back-of-the-rotation starter. What he showed Thursday makes him look like an adequate back-of-the-rotation starter, but nothing more.