“I Don’t Think Steve Cohen Is Going to Stop..”: After $75M Kodai Senga’s Rise, Mets ‘Expensive’ and Ambitious Blueprint for New Japanese Star Revealed

Published 09/05/2023, 6:21 AM EDT

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In Major League Baseball, the New York Mets have set their sights on a bold and ambitious vision yet again. The ascent of Kodai Senga, originally projected as a No. 3 starter, has spurred the Mets into action. However, the team’s offense has struggled, except for Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor. Per the latest update, the Mets are on a mission, and their recently surfaced blueprint for starting pitching is nothing short of ambitious.  

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Senga’s meteoric $75 million rise to a dominant performance outshone trade deadline titans Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. He is the only one among his trio of counterparts to secure a coveted spot in the All-Star roster. However, the team is dealing with the absence of the league’s top closer, Edwin Diaz, who is sidelined for the season due to injury. With that, they have another great player on their list of targets. If this isn’t starry enough for the Mets, then what is?

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The vigor finds its roots when the Mets owner Steve Cohen, apologized. The season turned out poorly, leading him to give away two of his great pitchers. The Mets, early this August, traded Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander to the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros respectively, as a sign of surrender, waving their white flag. The Mets are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for pitching excellence.

 

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syntv recently posted on Instagram captioned, “Starting pitching is expected to be a big priority for the Mets this winter, and Japanese ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto could be at the top of their list of priorities”.

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Cohen is not reluctant to approach Yamamoto though it might be an expensive affair. A rival MLB executive said, “The guy will be expensive, but I don’t think Steve Cohen is going to stop spending just because it did not work out with Scherzer and Verlander”.

Signing Japanese pitchers have worked out well for the Mets. Billy Eppler, GM of the New York Mets has a successful history working with Japanese pitchers. Their latest, Kodai Senga has been a huge hit paving way for more.

Can Shohei Ohtani Make It To The List Too?

It is hard to ignore that Billy Eppler signed the amazing talent Masahiro Tanaka when he was the Yankees assistant GM. The fact that he signed Shohei Ohtani too, back when he was the Angels’ GM makes one wonder. Will this turn in favor of the Mets considering Ohtani is approaching free agency soon?

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Ohtani falls under a separate category of free agents, who will supersede any financial restrictions. The common emotion is however that the two-way star might be reluctant to move to the East Coast.

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Well, Ohtani or NO-htani, the Mets are audacious about Yamamoto despite the financial considerations.

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Kanishka Prakash

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Kanishka Prakash is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She comes from an engineering college background and possesses prior experience in the business sector. Her affection for sports burgeoned during her adolescence, with MLB particularly captivating her attention.
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