According to Adam Rubin, Takahashi will not be returning to the Mets next season.
David Waldstien of the NY Times adds that the Mets and Takahashi’s agent, Arn Tellem, are expected to announce that they could not come to an agreement on his contract, and the Mets will be obligated by the terms of his contract to release him.
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Sandy Alderson was able to get Arn Tellem, the new agent for Hisanori Takahashi, to extend the original deadline to sign his client from October 31st to November 5th.
The Mets now have until midnight tonight to sign Takahashi or lose all negotiating rights until May of next year.
Some reporters are saying that the two sides are not close to an agreement.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Takahashi is asking for a three-year deal worth around $5 million per season, but so far the Mets have offered only a one-year contract.
This may go down to the wire tonight, and Takahashi could wind up walking in the end.
Last season, Tak went 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA, but at age 35 even a two year contract would be taking a significant risk.