Tag:John Ricco
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:14 pm

Mets could lose Takahashi

Hisanori Takahashi The Mets have less than a week to re-sign reliever Hisanori Takahashi or he can become a free agent and, if he does, is prohibited from signing back with the Mets by May 15, the New York Times reports .

Takahashi's agent, Peter Greenberg, told the Times negotiations were underway to keep the left-hander in New York.

Takahashi had singed a minor league contract in February, but had a clause that said the team had to release him by Oct. 31 to become a free agent if he hadn't signed a new contract. According to Rule 8 (i) (2), any player released after midnight Aug. 31 and before Opening Day, cannot sign a major-league contract with the same team until May 15.

"Hisa loved his time in New York, and hopefully, something can be worked out," Greeberg told the Times . "If not, then he will have to look elsewhere."

The Mets, of course, don't have a general manager at the moment. Assistant general manager John Ricco has been handling the negotiations.

Takahashi, in his first year in MLB, appeared in 53 games, starting 12 for the Mets. 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 pitch. He was 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA as a starter. Left-handed batters hit just .217/.274/.270 against him.

Takahashi will be 36 next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 10:14 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm

Minaya on the hot seat?

Omar Minaya Omar Minaya may be out as the Mets' general manager if the team doesn't have a big finish, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports .

Heyman cites "people familiar with the situation" as saying only a good finish could save the jobs of Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel.

"I focus on doing my job today, and that's all I can control," Minaya told Heyman.

Owner Fred Wilpon had insinuated earlier this month that Minaya's job was safe.

The Mets entered Tuesday's game with Florida with a 62-62 record, better than last season's 70-92 mark, but hardly up to New York expectations.

Heyman lists Kevin Towers, John Ricco, Wayne Krivsky and Pat Gillick as potential replacements. Ricco and Krivsky are already with the Mets. He also lists Bob Melvin as the "leading candidate" to replace Manuel with Wally Backman as another possibility.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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