The Mets completed the signing of Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga, announcing his five-year, $75 million contract Saturday night.
Senga, who turns 30 next month, has the longest contract among the Mets’ starting pitchers. He has an opt-out clause after the 2025 season, three years into his contract, but would otherwise be under contract through 2027.
“Kodai has a championship pedigree and has outlasted the brightest stages,” owner Steve Cohen said in a Mets news release. “We are very excited to welcome Kodai to our Big Family in Queens.”
General Manager Billy Eppler added: “Kodai has been on our radar for several years… Kodai has had exceptional success in his career, including helping his team win four straight Japan Series titles. We are excited to add someone of his caliber to our rotation.”
When he makes his debut, Senga will become the 14th Japanese-born player to play for the Mets, the most of any major league team.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 202 pounds, Senga comes with a stellar record in Japan (career 2.59 ERA) but has only pitched more than 150 innings twice in 11 seasons.