The New York Yankees also have questions in their rotation, making the addition of another frontline starting pitcher a necessity.
The problem is that those players may be beyond the Yankees budget. Justin Verlander and/or Carlos Rodon would look great in pinstripes, but the financial aspect may not work. It is a matter of attempting to find someone who could produce similar numbers at a fraction of the cost.
Enter Kodai Senga. The longtime Nippon Professional Baseball star opted out of his contract after the 2022 season and is finally set to come stateside. He was one of the more dominant arms in Japan last year, posting a 1.94 ERA and a 1.056 WHiP with 156 strikeouts and 49 walks over his 144 innings. Senga has the potential to be a top of the rotation arm at a fraction of the price.
There is a degree of risk as well. Senga has two plus pitches in his fastball and splitter, but the rest of his arsenal is considered somewhat fringy. It is the type of profile that could also play up as a late inning reliever, something else the Yankees need, but he is going to get a look in the rotation first.
The New York Yankees need another piece in their rotation. Kodai Senga may be an unknown, but he could be the answer at a fraction of the price.