Window closing on Takahashi
Posted on: November 5, 2010 1:40 pm
If reports on the bargaining positions of the two sides are accurate, Hisanori Takahashi is as good as gone from the Mets.
There is a midnight deadline (previously extended from October 31) for the Mets to reach agreement with the 35-year-old Japanese left-hander, who just finished his first season in the U.S. major leagues after signing a one-year, minor-league deal with the Mets.
Takahashi was good, bouncing from the bullpen to the starting rotation and ending up as the closer after Francisco Rodriguez was lost for the year. But Takahashi is seeking three years at $4-5 million per year according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, and the New York Times says the Mets are thinking one-year deal with an option for a second and a total value around $3 million.
Negotiating is about compromise, but if those positions reflect what the two sides actually think is Takahashi's worth, it's tough to see them meeting in the middle by the end of the day. And Takahashi's first contract was written such that if he's not signed by the deadline, he becomes a free agent, which by baseball rules would mean the Mets are out of play for him until May 15.
-- David Andriesen
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