Takahashi, Mets Discussing Extension

FRIDAY: The Mets have extended their deadline with Hisanori Takahashi to November 5th, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com (via Twitter).  If the two sides don't come to an agreement by then, the left-hander will become a free agent.

Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reported yesterday that the two parties were considering an extension of the deadline.

SUNDAY: Even amidst their search for a general manager, the Mets have been discussing a deal that would keep Hisanori Takahashi in New York, writes David Waldstein of the New York Times. Waldstein reminds us that the Mets have just one more week to re-sign Takahashi; due to a loophole in his contract, the left-hander can become a free agent if he and the Mets don't agree on a contract by October 31st.

According to Takahashi's agent, Peter Greenberg, the two sides have had discussions about an extension, though it's not clear how far along the talks have progressed. With the Mets' GM situation still up in the air, assistant GM John Ricco has been handling the negotiations.

"We have been talking," Greenberg said. "Hisa loved his time in New York, and hopefully, something can be worked out. If not, then he will have to look elsewhere."

If the Mets don't reach an agreement with Takahashi by next Sunday, his time in New York is almost certainly over. Because of the nature of his contract, the 35-year-old wouldn't be able to sign a major league deal with the Mets until May 15th. After a successful rookie season in which he posted a 3.61 ERA in 122 IP, Takahashi likely wouldn't have any trouble securing a major league contract this winter on the open market.

11 Responses to Takahashi, Mets Discussing Extension Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    2yrs/$7MM with a mutual option? Sound about right?

    • BravesRed 5 years ago

      I would go with between $9-$10 million.

    • Yep, that should do it. $9-10 seems a bit much but I suppose it’s possible if they get skittish over losing him.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        Yeah, but nothing tells me that he will have a better year next year than he did this year. I think that 6-7 should be fine as you and I agreed upon.

        • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

          I don’t know man a lot of japenese pitcher come here and get more and more hittable every year as people get used to their stuff. Maybe I’m just biased by watching oki fall apart.

  2. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    The Mets should keep him, but keep it reasonable. Too bad he’s already 35. A year with an option would be the best kind of deal. If they have to go 2, okay. But no more.

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      Maybe a vesting option? Great Success?

      • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

        Ya i think a vesting option is the best idea…. maybe like 2 years with a option that vests

  3. HarryDoyle 5 years ago

    Can they offer arb right now? If they can, they should.

  4. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Why not 2/8-9million?

    • Slopeboy 5 years ago

      Sounds reasonable. But get it done quickly. In a pretty dismal year, this guy gave the team a bit of stability when he was in the rotation, and helped out in the bullpen as well. In addition, he beat the Yankees twice. Mets fans will take any bit of solace where they can, and he is a bit of sunlight on a otherwise dank season.

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