It's been a bit since my last Mets blog, and the Mets are still making moves. Uncle Stevie does not sleep and there is no such thing as an "overpay" with him. This has been a wild offseason so far and it is really getting me excited for the season.
My last blog focused on the Mets re-signing Brandon Nimmo and signing reliever David Robertson.
Well late Saturday night, the Mets signed Kodai Senga to a five year, $75 million dollar contract. Senga is one of the top pitchers in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league.
2022 (NPB) 11-6, 1.94 ERA, 156 K
Career (NPB) 87-44 2.59 ERA, 1,252 K
These NPB stats are insane and he is essentially replacing Chris Bassitt as the #3 behind Verlander and Max. To me, this is a big upgrade from Chris Bassitt. I'd like to thank Chris Bassitt for his service though. I don't think he was built for New York, but I wish him the best on the Blue Jays.
I think the biggest question with Senga is how the transition will be to the MLB from the NPB. Does Senga have the command and arsenal to be a long term starter in the MLB or is he more suited for a high leverage relief role?
I went back and looked up some Senga highlights on the @PitchingNinga Twitter and this one had me speechless. His signature pitch is referred to as the "Ghost Fork." Check it out.
The Mets current rotation stands:
I've seen some rumors as well flying about the Mets potentially trading Carlos Carrasco. The Mets picked up Carrasco's 14 million option which makes him an attractive trade target for teams in need of starting pitching.
Personally, I don't think they should get rid of Cookie. I actually enjoy watching him when he isn't Danish Cookie and I'm not sure Peterson would be a better 5th starter over him.
Hopefully the Mets acquire one more big bat because they need it desperately. We can get all this great pitching, but it won't matter when we are losing games 1-0. Also, my life quality would HEAVILY improve if we got rid of James McCant.