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Dream Mets starting rotation for the 2023 season

Sep 25, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) throws a
Sep 25, 2022; Oakland, California, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) throws a / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Dream NY Mets starting rotation #4 starter: Kodai Senga

Kodai Senga looks like the next Japanese phenom and he's going to be available for all 30 teams to sign this offseason. With so many teams in the running, I'm not sure how likely it is that he ends up in Flushing, but it's likely he'd want to be in a big market like New York on a team that wants to win like the Mets.

Billy Eppler has had success signing Japanese players in the past, as he was the one who brought Shohei Ohtani to the Angels. Ohtani seems to be unavailable for the Mets this offseason, but maybe they can find a way to pair him with Senga in Queens one day?

Senga posted a 1.89 ERA in 23 starts this season in the Japanese league. He has electric stuff headlined by a fastball that can reach triple digits and a wipeout slider.

Senga is filled with potential and at 29 years old he should be in his prime right away. He's probably better than every fourth starter in the game right now and would be so fun to watch.

Senga has a label of an unknown commodity just because he hasn't pitched in the US yet, but with the stuff he has and with the success he had in Japan, I have very little doubt he'll be a solid pitcher at this level at the very least.

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