The Mets have announced they've extended their window to negotiating with left-hander Hisanori Takahashi until Nov. 5.
Takahashi had a clause in his contract making him a free agent tomorrow. If he doesn't reach an agreement with the Mets, he'll be a free agent and won't be able to sign a contract with the Mets until May 15.
Takahashi appeared in 53 games for the Mets, starting 12. Overall he was 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 122 innings. As a reliever, he was 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 57 1/3 innings pitched, with eight saves. He was 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA as a starter. He has stated that he prefers to start.
The Mets officially announced their hiring of general manager Sandy Alderson on Friday.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports the Mets' initial offer was for one year guaranteed, and Takahashi wants a multi-year deal. However, that offer came before Alderson was officially hired.
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