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The hard-throwing right-hander went 11-6 this season for the Hawks with a 1.94 ERA with 156 strikeouts and 49 walks in 22 games.
He earned the win in Game 3 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage against the Orix Buffaloes on Friday, October 14 before the Hawks were eliminated from the postseason on Saturday.
Once the Hawks were eliminated, Senga, 29, made his intentions clear.
“I’ve been saying I want to go for the past six years,” Senga said after the Hawks were eliminated. “And nothing has changed now so I will definitely file for free agency.”
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Author: Jim Armstrong
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