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Mets Have Encouraging Meeting With Star International Free Agent

David Kaestle
The Mets are going after Kodai Senga this offseason, the top international pitcher available.
The Mets are going after Kodai Senga this offseason, the top international pitcher available. / Associated Press

The New York Mets have a lot of things they need to address on their roster this offseason, but none are more important than the starting rotation. While Justin Verlander, the Mets' own Jacob deGrom and Carlon Rodon headline the MLB starting pitcher market, Japanese star pitcher Kodai Senga is the biggest name on the international market.

Koudai Senga Mets Rumors

Senga has great stuff and could be a strikeout machine in the MLB. The Mets have been meeting with the 29-year-old starter and those meetings have reportedly been "going well."

Senga will have interest from plenty of teams, but few have the pockets and the need for starting pitching like the Mets do. It is also thought that Senga prefers to play in a big market, and New York is the biggest market the sport has to offer, even if the Mets play second fiddle in that market.

The Yankees are also on the lookout for a starter, so there could be some competition there, as with plenty of other teams.

Senga was stellar last season in Japan, pitching to a 1.89 ERA with 159 strikeouts in 148 innings and a 1.048 WHIP.

Teams interested in Senga will have to pay a fee to his Japanese team on top of the salary they give to him, so the endeavor will not be a cheap one for whichever franchise does land him. In turn, it's good that Senga prefers a big market because those might be the only teams with the pockets deep enough to afford him.

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