Fukuoka Softbank Hawks star Kodai Senga eyeing move to MLB

There has never been a question about Kodai Senga’s desire to come stateside. The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks’ star has repetitively stated that he wants to test himself in the majors, requesting to be posted by his team. However, the Hawks consistently refused, holding Senga until he could reach international free agency.

That is set to happen this offseason. While Senga had signed a five year deal with the Hawks this past offseason, it also contained an opt-out clause following this year. If he had the type of season that was expected, his dream could become reality.

Kodai Senga looking to come stateside

Those dreams could come true this offseason. According to Jon Morosi, Senga is expected to test his market stateside now that he is finally eligible for international free agency.

Senga has been on the radar of major league teams for quite some time. Armed with a devastating forkball and a mid 90s fastball with impressive spin that can tough 99 MPH, Senga has consistently been one of the best pitchers in Nippon Professional Baseball since joining the Hawks’ rotation.

There are some concerns about Senga moving to the majors. He does have a slider and a changeup, but both pitches are considered to be fringe offerings at the major league level. It is a role that Senga has experience in as the Hawks kept him in the bullpen until 2016.

Nonetheless, he is likely to attract plenty of attention from major league teams. His level of dominance makes him an intriguing option for teams looking to improve their rotation and he has the floor of a late inning option.

Kodai Senga has wanted to head to the majors for years. The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks ace is likely to realize that dream this offseason.