Kodai Senga Mets deal


NEW YORK — An offseason like no other for the Mets continued late Saturday night, as they agreed a five-year, $75 million deal with Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga, a source told MLB.com. The Mets have not confirmed the deal, which is still pending the completion of a physical.

The contract includes a full no-trade clause, as well as an opt-out clause allowing Senga to become a free agent after the 2025 season.

It’s another key piece in an off-season in which the Mets spent hundreds of millions of dollars on new deals for Edwin Díaz, Justin Verlander, José Quintana, Brandon Nimmo and David Robertson.

Senga, who turns 30 in January, spent 11 seasons in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball-organization, all for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Overall, the right-hander posted a 2.59 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 1,089 innings, striking out 28% of the batters, but also walking 9%. In 2022, he had an 1.89 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 148 innings for the Hawks.

During the semifinals of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Senga pitched two innings of relief against Team USA, striking out five — Eric Hosmer, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich all went down after strikes against the then 24-year-old old.

The 6-foot, 178-pound Senga, who boasts a 101 mph fastball and a biting splitter, filed for international free agency on Oct. 31 and was recently named an international free agent. According to FanGraphs, Senga’s fastball has an “exploding” action, but his two breaking throws – a cutter and a slider – are not as effective as the fastball and splitter, especially when it comes to missing bats.

Senga was not subject to the NPB detachment process because he had accumulated enough league service time to sign up for an international free service. As a result, no “release fee” has to be paid to his NPB team in order for him to sign a major league contract.

Adding Senga bolsters a Mets rotation that added the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner in Verlander earlier this week, who will pair with co-ace Max Scherzer. The Mets also signed Quintana and struck deals with Robertson and Nimmo that increased their payroll by over $300 million. The Mets will likely enter the highest salary in major league history next season.

As things stand, the rotation of the Mets includes Scherzer, Verlander, Senga, Quintana and Carlos Carrasco, with David Peterson and Tylor Megill as peripheral options.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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