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Kodai Senga, Mets agree on 5-year, $75 million contract, sources say

Right-hander Kodai Senga and the New York Mets agreed on a five-year, $75 million contract Saturday night, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN, confirming reports, adding the prized pitcher from Japan as part of a free agent spending frenzy that has rocketed the Mets’ payroll past previous records.

Senga, 29, starred over 11 seasons with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball, going 104-51 with a 2.42 ERA in 1,340⅔ innings over 275 starts. He is armed with a fastball that has reached triple digits and a split-fingered fastball nicknamed “the Ghost Fork” for how it disappears before reaching the plate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2022 at 07:44 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: December 12, 2022 at 12:44 AM (#6109130)
Mets in on Correa. I'm actually hoping the Padres sign him so they can play an entire team of shortstops around Soto.

This Mets pitching staff is odd. It would be easy to see Scherzer and/or Verlander to fall apart. Senga, who knows. Quintana is solid.

It's a lot of money, they better win now. No pressure
   2. Banta Posted: December 12, 2022 at 01:49 AM (#6109133)
Correa would be really strange. I suppose they could use some of their redundant resources to then upgrade DH too if they signed him. Cripes, talk about pressure if you’re paying half a billion dollars on payroll… All this money being spent one would hope guarantees a playoff spot and who knows from there. And if it doesn’t guarantee playoffs, well, at least it will be interesting. Ugh.

Any pitcher can fall apart at any time. I have a lot of confidence in Verlander, a bit less in Scherzer given the more recent injuries and late ineffectiveness. It seems pretty likely that Senga should be at least solid, I’m not sure that any Japanese pitcher with his track record has completely flamed out (disappointed, sure, let me know if I’m forgetting any fat toads). Quintana has been a bit all over the place, sort of like Carrasco really.

Speaking of all over the place, I wonder what Diaz does for an encore. Mets had a pretty good bullpen overall last year, for the first time in probably, uh, 75 years or so. Team is just in a really odd place coming off the best, most disappointing season that was totally Metsy. I mean, what else can you say when you win the second most games in franchise history but don’t even win the division or survive the wild card round?
   3. aberg Posted: December 12, 2022 at 03:27 AM (#6109134)
This Mets pitching staff is odd. It would be easy to see Scherzer and/or Verlander to fall apart. Senga, who knows. Quintana is solid.


It's interesting in that they lost three pretty high-profile free agents and, one-for-one, replaced them with three pretty high-profile free agents.
   4. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: December 12, 2022 at 08:14 AM (#6109137)
As Schoenfield noted on Espn.com, for $462M in future salaries, the Mets have pretty much stayed level-ish on the talent end, “replacing”:

Nimmo for Nimmo

Diaz for Diaz

Verlander for deGrom

Senga for Chris Bassitt

Quintana for Walker

Robertson for Adam Ottavino

Raley for Seth Lugo
   5. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: December 12, 2022 at 09:23 AM (#6109145)
As Schoenfield noted on Espn.com, for $462M in future salaries, the Mets have pretty much stayed level-ish on the talent end, “replacing”:
What was the alternative?
   6. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 12, 2022 at 10:30 AM (#6109154)

As Schoenfield noted on Espn.com, for $462M in future salaries, the Mets have pretty much stayed level-ish on the talent end, “replacing”:

Keeping the guys who are leaving wasn't going to be free.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: December 12, 2022 at 11:15 AM (#6109162)
Keeping the guys who are leaving wasn't going to be free.


C'mon, the Nimmo they had was much less expensive than the Nimmo they replaced him with.

Apparently, Schoenfield isn't just a thief, but also an idiot.
   8. Adam Starblind Posted: December 12, 2022 at 11:25 AM (#6109164)
Team had a 99-63 pythag last year. Staying level-ish is a good thing.
   9. reech Posted: December 12, 2022 at 12:46 PM (#6109180)
Rumors that the Metsies and Uncle Steve are still in the convo for Correa.

If I was the billionaire owner of The Mets, I would do the same thing!

Imagine having the kind of money that you could this!
   10. GregD Posted: December 12, 2022 at 01:50 PM (#6109191)
Team had a 99-63 pythag last year. Staying level-ish is a good thing.
Yes! I can't imagine why that's a burn. It takes a huge amount to stay at the level of a 100-win team (including luck obviously.)
   11. Banta Posted: December 12, 2022 at 03:13 PM (#6109211)
Is it even supposed to be a burn? I’ve tried to find ESPN article for context, but the difficulty of doing so outweighs my interest.
   12. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: December 12, 2022 at 03:29 PM (#6109216)
Man, you guys are angry in here.

Who said it was a burn?

I’ll accept responsibility for not providing the context of his remarks, which were meant to point out that some of the coverage of the Mets spending spree was framing it as a sign that they were likely to improve next year when, in fact, they are holding the talent line.

Criticize away . . .

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