When reporters asked Kenta Maeda about the possibility of posting to the majors this off-season earlier today, he replied, "I'm not really thinking about that right now." He also said, "I have only had a few satisfying seasons, I have more regrets this year."
Source: Sponichi 10/12/2014
This does not necessarily mean Maeda will not ask Hiroshima to post him during the off-season. This also does not mean Hiroshima will turn down a request, if made. However, had the Carp finished in second or advanced farther along in the postseason, the decision might have been a lot easier for both sides to make. The ideal scenario would have been along the lines of what happened with Masahiro Tanaka and the Rakuten Eagles last year.
However, a case could also be made for posting Maeda. The Carp might be more inclined to post him to recoup the losses from not being able to host the First Stage of the Climax Series because of their third place finish. Not having to pay his salary would also alleviate some of the financial burden. And if Hiroshima gets their way during the upcoming draft (they have their eyes on Waseda University Kohei Arihara), they might be okay with letting go of their ace.
[UPDATE 10/13 @ 3:46pm]
According to reports by Nikkan Sports and Sports Hochi, there is a good chance Maeda will remain in Japan for at least another year because of his and the team's performance this year.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 10/13/2014
[UPDATE 10/13 @ 4:10pm]
From Daily Sports:
"The right belongs to us," said owner Hajime Matsuda. "I would like to let him go, but it might be difficult with this year's performance."
Source: Daily Sports 10/13/2014
High school prospect Tomohiro Anraku told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to learn more about baseball by playing professionally in Japan before taking on the challenge of playing in the Majors at some point in the future.
Source: Nikkan Sports 10/12/2014