Patrick at the great NPB Tracker passes along a report from the Japanese publication ChuSpo, which says that the Mets have agreed to sign Japanese teenager Taiki Kawasaki. The lefthanded hurler stands 6'1", 170 lbs, and reportedly throws a high-80's fastball, as well as a slider and curve. He'll receive a minor league contract.
The 17-yr old native of Osaka left Japan after high school in hopes of signing with a Major League franchise, and has been training at Julio Franco's academy in Florida. Patrick says that Franco will reportedly travel to Japan in the middle of next month to officially announce the signing.