It’s authentic: Japanese ace Kodai Senga is opting out of his deal in Japan in order that he can pursue MLB unfastened company.
Senga – once in a while written as Kodai, once in a while Koudai (we’ll get ultimate readability on the most well liked Anglofied model quickly sufficient) – is coming off a dominant platform season within the NPB, and he’s coming to the States:
We’ve written at duration about Senga sooner than, as a result of his arrival within the United States has lengthy been anticipated. The 29-year-old righty posted a 1.89 ERA over 148.0 innings in Japan this yr, placing out 159 and strolling 50. He allowed simply 7 house runs.
That’s usually the expectancy you spot put on him within the quite a lot of scouting studies: now not essentially a front-of-the-rotation arm in MLB, however beautiful safely mid-rotation, after which upside from there.
The Chicago Cubs are anticipated to be a number of the groups in on Senga, as we’ve mentioned sooner than. The Athletic duo of Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma have discussed Senga a couple of occasions this offseason when discussing expected Cubs pitching objectives. That seek will probably be in every single place, with the Cubs desiring affect on the entrance of the rotation (preferably, a real ace – although I guess it’s conceivable Senga can have that upside). They will want a couple of beginning pitcher, although, so it’s now not out of the query that the Cubs may handbag Senga in addition to some other front-half arm, in business or in unfastened company.
We additionally know that the Cubs aren’t afraid to provide up a considerable monetary dedication to trap an enormous Japanese megastar (Seiya Suzuki), and – from the trade operations and possession aspect – I additionally be expecting there might be some financial alternatives for an MLB that has now not one however two big-time Japanese stars at the roster. That’s now not why you’d pass after a big-money Japanese participant, thoughts you – it’s extra of a promoting level for baseball operations if they would like a bit additional scratch to make the deal occur.
That phase depends on simply how neatly the Cubs regard Senga. I be expecting we’ll be informed somewhat quickly, as we did ultimate offseason with Suzuki, whether or not the Cubs are within the combine or now not. The nature of dating a world megastar has a tendency to finish up turning into public ultimately.