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The Mets’ interest in Japanese superstar Kodai Senga was ignited

March 21, 2017; Los Angeles, California, USA; Japanese pitcher Kodai Senga (41) threw in the eighth inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are still looking to add to their starting rotation. After signing Justin Verlander, the ultimate need to complete this pitching team is the third start.

According to MLB Network’s John Morosi, the Mets are one team that “shows continued interest” in Kodai Senga, according to sources.

Morosi also continued, saying that the Mets are “nowhere near done with rotation upgrades”. Sure, it’s exciting to hear that the Mets want to keep their start in the highest-strength position for their baseball team.

The three other teams mentioned by Morosi with an interest in Senga are the Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays.

John Heyman of The New York Post and MLB Network has highlighted the Mets, Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers as interested teams.

Why Kodai Senga is a good fit for the Mets:

Mets rumored that the continued interest in Senga made sense to understand. Currently, with free agents Chris Bassett and Taiguan Walker in tow, the Mets need a boost in the middle of their rotation. The Mets should be interested in Bassett and Walker as well as Jameson Taillon, Andrew Heaney and Ross Stripling for the third-place finish in their rotation.

Senga is young and talented, and although there are unknowns, his up-and-coming side is also important. He turns 30 in January and has been dominating the Japanese leagues. Senga is nearing the year in which he posted a 1.89 ERA. Since his career began in 2012, Senga has an ERA of 2.42.

A top three spot in the rotation between Verlander, Max Scherzer and Senga would be promising. In this assumption, the Mets would have Carlos Carrasco as their fourth starter, with David Peterson or Taylor Miguel as their fifth.

Even with deGrom leaving, if the Mets can come up with Verlander and Senga in the same season, it will be electrifying.

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