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The Market for Takahashi

by Patrick Newman (Jan 20, 2010)

For the second year in a row, we have a lefthander named Takahashi looking for an MLB job. We could have had two, but Ken decided early in the offseason to return to Hiroshima. So here's the latest on Hisanori:

  • Offer the weekend, multiple sources reported that Takahashi revealed that he had a major league contract offer, but didn't say which team it was from. This report from Sports Hochi says that the Angels had been interested, but I think they may be overthinking Takahashi's Hideki Matsui connection.
  • Sponichi just published a report saying that there's a growing possibility that the Orioles will make Takahashi an official offer in the next few days. Baltimore has another former teammate, Koji Uehara, under contract.
  • And David Waldstein of the New York Times says that the Mets reached out to Takahashi's agent.

I posted a profile of Takahashi a couple of months ago. In a nutshell, he has a good screwball but don't expect him to be a huge innings eater.


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