Tag:Hisanori Takahashi
Posted on: October 28, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 3:20 pm

Mets, Takahashi talking deadline extension

Takahashi Could Hisanori Takahashi be staying in the Big Apple after all?

Takahashi, who recently completed his first season stateside with the Mets by serving as starter, reliever and closer, has a clause in his contract that forces the Mets to release him by Oct. 31 in order to become a free agent. Without that clause, Takahashi would be bound to the Mets for the next five seasons.

One wrinkle: by being released, New York would be unable to sign Takahashi until May 15. Up until today, there was no word that Takahashi was going to ink with the Mets by Sunday and would have the Mets losing out on one of their lone bright spots from 2010.

However, the new agent for the Japanese left-hander, Arn Tellem and the Mets are currently engaged in talks to extend the negotiation window as Tellem tells ESPN New York . It doesn't guarantee that Takahashi stays in town, but extending the deadline would be a positive step forward.

No free agents can begin negotiation with any team until five days after the conclusion of the World Series regardless, so even just extending the deadline until five days after the World Series would push the date past Oct. 31 and give the Mets more time to bring Takahashi back.

New York likely prefers Takahashi as a reliever, but he is known to prefer starting. That may be an option, and right now, only new GM Sandy Alderson knows how he views Takahashi.

  -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
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: September 23, 2010 1:39 pm

Takahashi wants to be a starter

Hisanori Takahashi Hisanori Takahashi is unsure if he'll remain with the Mets past 2010, but one thing's for certain: he wants to start.

"Right now, I'm kind of comfortable. I have confidence as a closer, in the bullpen. But I still do like starting," Takahashi told the New York Daily news through a translator.

The 35-year-old Japanese rookie began the year as a reliever before stepping into the rotation with mixed results and later flourishing as closer. Despite Takahashi's seven saves and 1.13 ERA in 16 innings since taking over as closer (and his overall 2.29 ERA in relief as compared to 5.01 starting), he wants to start, and isn't sure he would return to the Mets even if he was guaranteed the chance to contend -- but possibly not win -- a rotation spot.

Takahashi signed a one-year, $1 million pact with the Mets prior to the season as a way to establish his value for the upcoming year. There's no question he would be sought-after as a reliever, but starting is a completely different matter. To Takahashi's credit, he's willing to relieve if that's where the money is.

"This year, I did a lot of different roles," Takahashi said. "I tried to find a spot in the major leagues, and a closer was a spot. Next year, I'm not sure if I would get a good deal as a closer, or a good deal as a starter. As long as they give me the option, I'll start."
However, even the Mets aren't sure. Omar Minaya is expected to be reassigned within the organization as the team finds a new general manager -- and that GM will be the one to decide on Takahashi.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2010 6:51 pm

Mets happy to make way for another ace

Cliff Lee Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey apparently are willing to check their front-of-the-rotation egos if the Mets want to bring in another big gun.

It seems like a no-brainer that players would welcome a teammate who could help them win a championship, but the Mets' top two starters were unusually open in comments to the New York Daily News about their desire to see the team add Cliff Lee (pictured) or Roy Oswalt.

"There's no question, what we're looking for is a championship," Santana said. "You get into that category of pitchers, that's what they do. To go along with what we have, there's nothing wrong with getting better."

"We've been playing great, but to go out and add a guy like [Oswalt or Lee], it might put us over the top," Pelfrey said. "You would definitely love to have those guys on your team. I think those are some of the elite pitchers in the game. It definitely can help if you go out and get them."

Both pitchers were sure to praise the other members of the current rotation, Jon Niese, Hisanori Takahashi and R.A. Dickey. All three have been integral to the Mets being where they are (the Mets would be the National League wild-card team if the playoffs started today), but one would have to be sacrificed if Lee or Oswalt came on.

Tuesday, manager Jerry Manuel added his voice to the chorus.

"The more aces you can put out on the mound obviously the better your chances," Manuel said.

The comments don't really rise to the level of pressuring the team to get Lee or Oswalt, but it does make you wonder what these guys will have to say if the trade deadline passes without any action by the Mets.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 20, 2010 1:48 pm

Setback for Mets' Maine

Mets right-handed starter John Maine did not "feel particularly well" after his second rehab start, according to Mets manager Jerry Manuel, and he'll undergo a medical evaluation on Monday.

Maine has been on the disabled list since May 21 with weakness in his shoulder, and has never fully recovered from a 2008 injury. Manuel said Hisanori Takahashi will remain in Maine's spot in the rotation.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 9, 2010 11:44 am

Mets rotation news

The Mets have flopped R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese in the rotation. Niese will go Thursday against the Padres and Dickey on Friday against the Orioles. The move gives knuckleballer Dickey extra rest.

Right-hander John Maine, who has been on the disabled list since May 22 with shoulder tendinitis, is coming along faster than expected and could be back in the Mets' rotation as soon as next week. He threw a simulated game yesterday and will make a minor league rehab appearance this weekend.

Manager Jerry Manuel told reporters that when Maine returns, Hisanori Takahashi is headed back to the bullpen.

"We like Takahashi as a pitcher," Manuel said "[But] we think we have lost something in the bullpen when he's a starter, so that's a scenario that could work if and when John Maine is healthy and we feel he's ready to be part of the rotation."

-- David Andriesen

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