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Kodai Senga Mets deal

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The Mets appear to have added another dominant piece to what may be the Majors’ best rotation, reaching a five-year, $75 million deal with Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand late Saturday night. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is still pending the completion of a physical.

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 he faced, but also walking 9%. In 2022, he had a 1.89 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over 148 innings for the Hawks.

During the 2017 World Baseball Classic semifinals, 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 on strikes against the then-24-year-old.

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

Senga was not subject to the NPB posting process because he accrued enough service time in the league to file for international free agency. As a result, there is no “release fee” to be paid to his NPB team in order to sign him to a Major League contract.

Adding Senga would further bolster a Mets rotation that earlier this week brought in reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to pair with co-ace Max Scherzer. The Mets also signed veteran lefty José Quintana and finalized deals with reliever David Robertson and outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

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