10 best players to join the NL East this offseason
5) Kodai Senga - New York Mets
Kodai Senga is a hard pitcher to rank because of the fact that he hasn't pitched in the bigs yet but I have confidence that he'll be quite good for the Mets. Senga went 11-6 with a 1.89 ERA in Japan this past season in 23 starts and 148 innings pitched.
Control is a question, as is durability, but his pure stuff should make him effective right away. Armed with a fastball that can reach triple digits and a "ghost fork" Senga should strike out plenty of hitters. If he can throw quality strikes and take the ball every fifth day, it'll be the icing on top.
The Mets took a risk letting a reliable number two type of starter in Chris Bassitt walk for Senga who has a higher ceiling. If he can locate and stay on the field there's a very solid chance he develops into a potential ace with Jeremy Hefner, Justin Verlander, and Max Scherzer helping him along. I have high hopes for this right-hander.
4) Luis Arraez - Miami Marlins
After not doing much the entire offseason, the Marlins finally traded one of their talented young starting pitchers in exchange for a bat. The bat wasn't the one I expected, but Luis Arraez is a good player.
Arraez won the batting title in 2022 and is a career .314 hitter across four seasons with the Twins. He has the ability to play first, second, and third base and should be a fixture in the leadoff spot for Miami for the next three seasons at least.
Arraez doesn't provide much in the power department but is very similar to Jeff McNeil as a guy who puts the ball in play and refuses to strike out. He will be extremely annoying to face as he'll prolong at-bats with foul balls before finding a pitch to poke through some hole for a hit. I don't expect him to win a batting title with such little offensive talent around him, but I do expect him to be a solid table setter for the Marlins.