NEW YORK — The offseason continued unlike any other for the Mets late Saturday night, when they agreed to terms of a five-year, $75 million deal with Japan’s Kodai Senga, a source tells MLB.com. The Mets have not confirmed the deal, which is still pending physical completion.
The contract includes a full no-trade clause, as well as an opt-out clause that will allow Senga to become a free agent after the 2025 season.
It’s another important piece of the offseason that has seen the Mets spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new deals for Edwin Diaz, Justin Verlander, Jose Quintana, Brandon Nemo and David Robertson.
Senga, who turns 30 in January, has 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 strikeouts over 1,089 innings pitched, striking out 28% of the batters he faced, but also walking 9%. In 2022, he had a 1.89 ERA and 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 McCutcheon, Buster Posey, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich all hit runs against a then-team. 24 years old.
The 6-foot-1, 178-pound Senga, who has a speed of 101 mph and a snappy break, filed for international free agency on October 31 and was recently declared an international free agent. According to FanGraphs, Senga’s fastball has an “explosive” action, but his breaking pitches—the cutter and slider—are not as effective as the splitting fastball, especially when it comes to lost bats.
Senja was not subject to NPB deployment process Because he had enough serving time in the league to file an international free agency application. 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.
Senga’s addition bolsters the Mets’ rotation who earlier this week added AL Cy Young Award winner Verlander, who will be paired with co-star Max Scherzer. The Mets also signed Quintana and struck deals with Robertson and Nemo, increasing their paychecks by more than $300 million. The Mets will likely enter next season with the largest payroll in major league history.
As currently, the Mets’ rotation includes Scherzer, Verlander, Senga, Quintana, and Carlos Carrasco, with David Peterson and Tylor Megill serving as peripheral options.
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