Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga has signed with the New York Mets, leaving Japan after 11 seasons pitching in the NPB.

Senga, 29, has pitched for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks for his entire professional career, going 104-51 in 275 career games, compiling 1,486 strikeouts against just 509 walks, with a WHIP of 1.096. In 2022, he went 11-6 with a 1.89 ERA, striking out 159 in 148 innings pitched.

Throwing a blistering fastball and mixing in a forkball as well as a slider and a curveball, Senga is expected to be a major addition to the Mets’ starting rotation, which has already added Justin Verlander and Jose Quintana this off-season to a rotation that will include Max Scherzer and Carlos Carrasco.

The Mets did not have to pay a posting fee to sign Senga, as he had earned full free agency based on his service time in the NPB.

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