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This long-running rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox could turn a new chapter this offseason, as both teams are reportedly chasing one of the most prominent free agents on the market.
MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported on Monday that the Yankees and Red Sox had “made contact with representatives of Japanese pitcher Koudai Senga “. Morosi added that the market for Senga has “expanded” because teams don’t have to pay a release fee or give up draft pick compensation to sign him.
The New York Mets and San Diego Padres have also reportedly reached out to Senga’s representatives, as have the San Francisco Giants. Connected. He posted a 1.94 ERA while pitching for Nippon Professional Baseball’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in 2022. The 29-year-old has an impressive combination of quick shots that have MLB teams eager to add him to their starting rotation. The Red Sox are last in the AL East with a 78-84 record. It was a disappointing performance for a team heading into the 2021 American League Championship Series. Yankees (99-63) ) finished with the 2nd best record in the AL and entered the ALCS, but they were disappointing was swept by the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros.
Both the Yankees and Red Sox are looking for improvements in pitching and have openings on their staffs. New York starter Jameson Tyrone and Boston veteran Nathan Evardi are both free agents. This year’s free-agent class is full of talented starters who could lead any rotation, including 2022 AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, two-time National League Cy Young Award winners Jacob deGrom and Carlos Rodón, among others.
The arms race between the Yankees and Red Sox is one to watch as they look to do better in 2023.