The Japanese star Kodai Senga is ready to start his Major League career after 11 seasons in Japan, and is attracting interest from all corners of the MLB map. The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays they hope to be in the running for the 30-year-old starting pitcher.
The San Diego Padres are interested., according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. The Cubs have been in contact with Senga’s agent, and the right-hander has already been in contact with Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki:
The list of interested clubs likely won’t stop there for a starter who, according to popular reporter Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com, is near the top of the 2022 free-agent class and said so:
There’s a belief that he’s among the best starting pitchers available this offseason. He certainly may not be on the same level as Jacob deGrom when deGrom is healthy, but he’s in that upper class.”
Senga posted a 1.94 ERA in 144 innings in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball this year. He can call his fastball past 100 mph and his splitter has been an effective strikeout.
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MLB: Three other teams emerge interested in the services of the new Japanese star who throws 101 MPH