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Report: Mets signed Kodai Senga despite questionable physical

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The New York Mets infamously couldn't broker a deal with Carlos Correa earlier this winter due to a medical issue, but a similar concern didn't stop them from finalizing an agreement with Japanese starting pitcher Kodai Senga.

It's now being reported that the Mets signed the international free agent despite an iffy physical, according to the New York Post's Jon Heyman.

Heyman noted that the worry stemmed from "wear and tear" on Senga's arm, which he adds isn't uncommon for Japanese imports since they frequently throw a lot of innings early in their careers.

The physical was reviewed prior to the Mets and Senga entering negotiations. The sides brokered a five-year, $75-million agreement.

New York is one of two teams that had a deal with Correa fall apart this winter due to medical issues uncovered during the physical. First, the San Francisco Giants balked after originally agreeing to a 13-year, $350-million contract with Correa. The Mets then swooped in and offered a 12-year, $315-million pact that also turned sour before the Minnesota Twins eventually ponied up $200 million over six years.

Report: Mets signed Kodai Senga despite questionable physical
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