To update this original post, the Los Angeles Angels confirmed that they have agreed to an $8 million, two-year deal with Japanese left-hander Hisanori Takahashi.
Breaking it down, Takahashi will get $3.8 million in 2011 and $4.2 million in 2012.
Angels general manager Tony Reagins said,
“We believe that his contributions in various roles in our bullpen will be extremely important to the overall success of our club.”
A nice pickup for the Halos and the price was right too, considering he could jump into the trotation if the need arises.
Original Post 12/2 3:30 PM
According to David Waldstein of the NY Times, former Mets reliever Hisanori Takahashi is on the verge of signing a multi-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
Hisanori Takahashi, a versatile pitcher for the Mets in 2010, is close to agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels pending a physical, according to an executive with knowledge of the situation.
Takahashi had a short but solid stay with the Mets after signing a one year deal with them last season. The Mets had a chance to retain him, but failed to come to an agreement because they were not willing to guarantee him more than one year.
As a starter for the Mets, Takahashi was not very effective going 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA. However, he excelled as a reliever, and finished with a 6-2 record and a 2.04 earned run average. He was lethal against left handed batters.
The Mets also recently lost Fernando Nieve, who signed a minor league contract with the Pirates and received an invitation to their spring training camp. Another bullpen loss was reliever Raul Valdes, who signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. And of course, Pedro Feliciano declined the Mets arbitration offer and could sign a 2-3 year deal with a new team, possibly the Yankees or Phillies.
The Mets have a lot of work to do as far as restocking their bullpen goes.