Mets Sign Pitcher Kodai Senga, Continuing Strong Winter

The Mets and Japanese starting pitcher Kodai Senga are in agreement on a five-year, $75 million deal, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Senga, 29, was a three-time All-Star, five-time Japan Series champion, two-time Gold Glove winner, and two-time Pacific League strikeout leader during his time in Nippon Professional Baseball.

The right-hander will join the middle of the Mets’ rotation, which will look different in 2023. Despite losing Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers in free agency, New York added three-time AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (two years, $86.7 million) and José Quintana (two years, $26 million).

The Mets also lost Taijuan Walker to the Philadelphia Phillies and Trevor Williams to the Washington Nationals. But with the latest additions, the starting rotation will be an iteration of a bolstered talent pool featuring Verlander, Max Scherzer, Senga, Carlos Carrasco, David Peterson, and Tylor Megill.

The news Friday evening comes on the tail of New York re-signing outfielder Brandon Nimmo to an eight-year, $162 million deal on Wednesday.

The Mets also added some much-needed bullpen arms in David Robertson (one year, $10 million) and Brooks Raley.

Now, Steve Cohen and the Mets organization can shift gears and focus on adding another bat to the lineup to propel this team to the next level offensively.

(Photo: Toronto Star – The Star)

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