Hisanori Takahashi Seeking Major League Deal

Japanese lefty Hisanori Takahashi seeks a big league deal as he attempts to transition to MLB, reports ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.  Crasnick names five interested teams: the Orioles, Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox, and Giants.  Takahashi, 35 in April, is willing to pitch as a starter or reliever.

Last year for the Yomiuri Giants Takahashi posted a 2.94 ERA, 7.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 1.0 HR/9 in 144 innings. Takahashi's '08 numbers: 4.13 ERA, 6.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9, and 1.18 HR/9 in 122 innings.  By numbers alone Takahashi could be considered a command guy who might have trouble keeping the ball in the yard and exceeding 150 innings.

Back in November, Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker profiled Takahashi.  He earned about $1.3MM in '09 and is represented by Peter Greenberg.  Takahashi doesn't throw very hard or shut down lefties, but is known for his screwball.

8 Responses to Hisanori Takahashi Seeking Major League Deal Leave a Reply

  1. thanks, but no thanks. Screwball won’t be as good here.

  2. JerseyJohn32190 5 years ago

    35 year old who might have trouble keeping the ball in the yard? I’m sold.

  3. optionn 5 years ago

    Someone will give him a low money deal and see what happens. If nothing else you get some increased revenue from the asian market. The Mets should sign him maybe as a potential starter at the back end of the rotation? Can’t be any worse than Perez and Pelphrey who have had 1 good year between the 2 of them.

  4. lockport 5 years ago

    He sounds like a perfect fit for the Mets. I CANNOT wait for this signing to be annouced.

  5. lockport 5 years ago

    He sounds like a typical Mets signing. I CANNOT WAIT for this signing to be announced. (All said in a dripping w/ sarcastic tone!!)

  6. gunger69 5 years ago

    dodgers should get in on this.

  7. basemonkey 5 years ago

    He’s a deceptive LHP RP with good command who is probably good for a tour of the majors, about 50 or so IP worth until ML hitters get a book on him. Not an insignificant thing if you want innings on a contender making a run.

    Just think about it. If you’re a contender, and you have a middle relief guy who is pretty sure to be able to throw strikes, it’s worth something. If he’s any good, then make him a matchup lefty in late innings of meaningful games.

  8. ThinkBlue10 5 years ago

    dodgers shouldnt consider this guy for a starter, a reliever maybe.

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