3 bold predictions for the Winter Meetings - Cubs sign Kodai Senga
At the beginning of the offseason, it almost seemed to be a foregone conclusion that the Cubs were going to be the team that signed Japanese free-agent starting pitcher Kodai Senga. Senga has the pitch mix that could easily slot him towards the top of a Major League starting rotation and with the Cubs having a need for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher but not willing to get involved in the markets for Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom, or Carlos Rodon, Senga makes the most sense. Especially when you factor in the fact that Senga does not have a posting fee attached to his free-agency status.
Senga represents a near-perfect fit for the Cubs and their needs for the starting rotation heading into 2023. While the Cubs may not have been recently connected to Senga in regard to the latest rumors, the fit remains. As long as that fit remains, there is no reason to think that Senga will not sign with the Cubs. The addition of Senga gives the Cubs a formidable top to their rotation that would include the Japanese right-hander along with Marcus Stroman and Kyle Hendricks.