The New York Mets on Wednesday officially announced the signing of flamethrower Shintaro Fujinami, who joins fellow Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga at Citi Field in the second big-league season for both.

The 29-year-old Fujinami was a free agent after his debut year in the U.S. majors, which he started with the Oakland Athletics before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles. He went 7-8 with a 7.18 ERA pitching in 64 games over the season.

File photo shows Shintaro Fujinami playing for the Baltimore Orioles against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, California, in September 2023. (Kyodo)

Fujinami's one-year deal with the Mets is for $3.35 million and includes up to $850,000 in incentives, according to U.S. media.

Senga went 12-7 with a 2.98 ERA for the Mets last season as they finished fourth in the National League East.

"Being Japanese players together on the same team, hopefully we can chat about things and take us both to a higher level," Senga told

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