The secret story of New York Mets Senga Kodai (30)’s major league contract has been revealed.
The New York Post, an American media, said on the 3rd (Korean time), “Senga throws a fastball with a maximum speed of over 100 miles per hour and throws a forkball that is so good that it is called ‘Magu’. He had a career ERA of 2.59메이저놀이터 in Japan before he turned 30 and won five Japan Series titles. However, he was only paid slightly more than 3-4 starting pitcher Tai Huan Walker. The reason was that the medical test results were ambiguous.”
Senga is a leading ace with a record of 87 wins, 44 losses, 20 holds, 1 save, and an average ERA of 2.59 in 224 games (1089 innings) in Nippon Professional Baseball. Last season, he went 11-6 with a 1.94 earned run average in 22 games (144 innings).
Senga, who became a free agent after the season, challenged to advance to the major leagues and signed a five-year, $75 million (approximately 92.2 billion won) contract with the Mets. He’s the type of Japanese pitcher that major league clubs appreciate, but he hasn’t been able to land his big contract. Walker, mentioned in the New York Post, signed a four-year, $72 million contract with Philadelphia, not much different from Senga.
The New York Post said, “The results of Senga’s medical test before the contract was finalized by the Mets, now a health-obsessed team, were fine to be precise. If this tendency of the club had an impact on the final contract amount, the story that could potentially lead to it would have been different. Experts say it’s common for Japanese star starting pitchers to put more strain on their arms because they pitch a lot of innings from a young age.”
The Mets also agreed to a 12-year, 315 million dollar (approximately 387.1 billion won) contract with Carlos Correa, one of the largest free agent shortstops, but the contract was ultimately canceled due to poor medical test results. Correa eventually re-signed with Minnesota for 6 years and 200 million dollars (approximately 248.5 billion won).