Angels Sign Hisanori Takahashi

FRIDAY, 4:40pm: Takahashi received a two-year deal worth $8MM, according to David Lennon of Newsday (via Twitter).

THURSDAY: The Angels got started with what will likely be a busy offseason, signing versatile left-hander Hisanori Takahashi to a two-year deal. The terms of the deal are unknown.

Takahashi, 36 in April, posted a 3.61 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, 1.0 HR/9, and 38.4% groundball rate in 122 innings this year for the Mets.  Takahashi was especially strong as a reliever in his MLB debut season, posting a 2.04 ERA, 9.4 K/9, and 3.5 BB/9 in 57 1/3 innings out of the pen.  He even picked up eight saves in as many tries.  Takahashi is tough on lefties and should take on a late-inning role for the Halos.    

The Mets had until October 31st to re-sign Takahashi per the terms of his contract, which was later extended until November 5th.  The Mets were unwilling to offer multiple years.

Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reported that the Angels announced the deal after David Waldstein of the New York Times reported that the sides were close to a multiyear contract.


48 Responses to Angels Sign Hisanori Takahashi Leave a Reply

  1. Yes… the Angels need more leftys.

  2. yes sir..we need a southpaw at a low cost

    • coachofall 5 years ago

      I Haven’t seen the figures yet but I honestly don’t expect them to be low cost

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        He was originally asking 3 years $15mm. Let’s see what he settled on.

  3. angels_sweep_Bosux_09 5 years ago

    This is great. I hope this means we aren’t gonna over spend on Soriano

  4. Nice grab for the Angels

  5. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    He’s not in the Bronx, and he landed with Scoscia and the gang? I’m happy!

    • ze3 5 years ago

      Don’t worry, the Angels will make their yearly trips to play in NY and probably use Takahashi to secure the series win =)

      • Infield Fly 5 years ago

        Or they can TRY (Mets won the last encounter, if you recall). Anyway, the Halos are welcome any time – at least by me. If I had my way we’d have Mike Scoscia for manager now…not the guy he replaced.

  6. Muggi 5 years ago

    Good sign for the Angels. I am hoping the Phils give some of their young guys a chance in the pen, but Tak was one of the guys I wouldn’t have minded seeing in Philly.

  7. First Darren Oliver, now Hisanori Takahashi. Taking all of our any-situation pitchers!

    • Commander_Nate 5 years ago

      One day we’ll take that World Series from you we were supposed to take in ’86… 😉

    • Ricky 5 years ago

      Attention Citifield shoppers we are only doing 1 year deals in 111 and I;m loving it – patience

  8. myname_989 5 years ago

    Great. It’s now that much easier for Amaro to justify overpaying for Feliciano.

    • phil33 5 years ago

      I understand not wanting to pay a lot for more semi-washed up bullpen guys, but do you really want to go into the season with the only experienced bull pen guys being Contreras, Madson, and Lidge? Personally that scares the hell out of me. The pen pretty much sucked last year. Charlie had no faith in them regardless of what he says. Also, the young guys didn’t show anything last year and we will probably be without Durbin this year who was the most consistent of anybody in the pen.

  9. slider32 5 years ago

    This is another under the radar move by the Angels. This sets them up well to go after Crawford.

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      How does this signing “set them up” for Crawford?

      Was it Tony Reagins thinking “man, I gotta overpay for a lefty before I even consider going after the best FA out there”?

      • jt24 5 years ago

        how is that overpaying, hasinori was asking for 5 million a year and we got him for 4 million a year

        • vtadave 5 years ago

          Maybe it is, maybe not, but if Juan Uribe was asking for 3/30 and the Dodgers got him for 3/20, would that be a great deal too? :-)

          • jt24 5 years ago

            I see your point, it does really depend on how he performs. Look at the figgins deal, it was a great deal when he signed and now not so much…

        • vtadave 5 years ago

          Maybe it is, maybe not, but if Juan Uribe was asking for 3/30 and the Dodgers got him for 3/20, would that be a great deal too? :-)

      • jt24 5 years ago

        how is that overpaying, hasinori was asking for 5 million a year and we got him for 4 million a year

    • vtadave 5 years ago

      How does this signing “set them up” for Crawford?

      Was it Tony Reagins thinking “man, I gotta overpay for a lefty before I even consider going after the best FA out there”?

  10. kdub53 5 years ago

    Well it seems that everyone is somewhat pleased with this deal…I dont know much about the guy but if he can do what it seems everyone is hinting at…should be a good acquisition!

  11. kdub53 5 years ago

    p.s. finally we make a move~!! i was getting (last winter cabin fever)
    even though I know it hasnt been long yet!

  12. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Miss you, Takahashi hame ha.

  13. penpaper 5 years ago

    If its the 5 million per year he was asking for, then its terrible. Unless he’s willing to spot start when, not if, Kazmir gets hurt.

  14. Not a terrible signing. But, I probably would be hesitant to give him anything more than 1 year. Still, a good lefty can save some seasons…JC Romero saved the Phillies’ season in 07 by pitching lights out in the final two months.

    Angels still should sign Soriano, though. Who is going to close games for them?

    • BK 5 years ago

      Jordan Walden Say the name three times then go kiss your neighbor.

      • kdub53 5 years ago

        walden is filthy
        but the way he throws, I would rather have him do at least two innings as a set up guy….get a somewhat decent/cheap closer for that one inning role u know?

    • Julian R M. 5 years ago

      The last time the angels had JC on their team he posted a 6.70 ERA in 65 games…

      • NathanielS 5 years ago

        The last time the Angels had JC on their team they sang “Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth peace to men”.

      • NathanielS 5 years ago

        The last time the Angels had JC on their team they sang “Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth peace to men”.

  15. Ricky 5 years ago

    Attention Citifield shoppers we are only doing 1 year deals in 11′ and I’m loving it – patience

  16. Julian R M. 5 years ago

    I’m glad to see the angels are being aggressive to improve their lack of left-handed arms in their bullpen/rotation.

  17. SoCalAngelsFan75 5 years ago

    Can’t Crawford just sign already!? Even if it’s not with the Halos…I can’t take the suspense any longer. Also, my wife and boss aren’t happy with me checking this site like every 5 minutes.

  18. vtadave 5 years ago

    Wow, if Takahashi can get 2/8, I gotta think Scott Downs is hoping for at least 3/15. Just not sure who is going to give it to him.

    Cashman?

  19. vtadave 5 years ago

    Wow, if Takahashi can get 2/8, I gotta think Scott Downs is hoping for at least 3/15. Just not sure who is going to give it to him.

    Cashman?

  20. only reason he sign for 2/8 is because its on the west coast which is far closer to his home then say a east coast team.

  21. A little bit pricier than I would have wanted the Angels to spend, but if he pitches anything like he did last year he’s a piece of the puzzle the Angels need to win.

  22. mets1983 5 years ago

    lets go mets

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