Kodai Senga

30-Year-Old PitcherP
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Senga has been one of Japan's best pitchers over the last decade, anchoring the staff for a Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks team that won six NPB titles. The Hawks don't allow their players to leave via the posting system, however, so Senga had to wait until his age-30 season to try his luck against the toughest level of competition. The righty has a large repertoire led by a fastball that has touched triple digits and a devastating forkball. Those weapons have helped him to a 2.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 28.2 percent strikeout rate over the course of his career. He made the jump at the right time, having posted an even better 1.94 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in his final year in Japan. The Mets landed Senga for $75 million over five years, but he will assuredly use his opt-out clause after the 2025 season if he is healthy and has shown an ability to be effective in MLB. He has room to take a sizable step back from his NPB numbers and still serve as a capable mid-rotation arm at the MLB level, with upside for more, though durability could be a concern. He's eclipsed 150 innings in just one of the last six seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the Mets in December of 2022. Contract includes $15 million player option for 2026 and $15 million player option for 2027.
Gets five-year deal with Mets
PNew York Mets
December 10, 2022
Senga signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Mets on Saturday, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.
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The Mets continue their offseason spending spree, this time adding to one of the best and deepest rotations in baseball. Entering his age-30 season, Senga boasts a mid-90s fastball and a forkball that is seen as his best of several secondary offerings. He's eclipsed 150 innings in just one of the last six seasons, but this is a great landing spot for fantasy purposes, given the favorable home park and ability to amass wins.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The Japanese 23 year-old fastball/spliter pitcher emerged as a starter for Softbank Hawks in 2016.
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Available without posting fee
PFree Agent
October 15, 2022
Senga will exercise his opt-out and become an international free agent this winter, meaning MLB clubs won't need to pay a posting fee to acquire him, Sankei Sports reports.
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Likely coming stateside next year
PFree Agent
August 5, 2022
Senga is expected to consider MLB contract offers this winter, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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Could come stateside in 2023
PFree Agent
December 6, 2021
Senga signed a five-year contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Sunday which includes an opt-out after the 2022 season, opening up the possibility that he could attempt a move to MLB at that time, Kyodo News reports.
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Shuts down Israel in World Baseball Classic
PFree Agent
March 15, 2017
Senga tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday for Team Japan in an 8-3 win over Israel in the World Baseball Classic. He surrendered one hit and one walk and struck out four batters.
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