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Add one more pitcher to the free agent pool

Nov 17, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Not a terribly notable one, though.  It’s Hisanori Takahashi, a 34 year-old lefty from the Yomiuri Giants who has declared free agency and wants to pitch in U.S..

The only things I could find out about the guy is that (a) he had a couple of decent years as a starter a few years ago; (b) he has been a swingman since then; (c) he got roughed up in his last outing in the Japan Series; and (d) he “got a Yomiuri batter’s foul ball on his face in his bench on a day the first half of 2006 and he got out of games.”  Yes, that last bit came via a blog post that was translated from Japanese.  If someone has an English language scouting report on this guy, they dug really really deep to find it.

Because he’s a lefty there will probably always be a place for a fellow like Takahashi, though given his resume and his age, his posting fee probably won’t buy you fare from Shinjuku to Moto-yawata on the leaf green line of the Toei.

Wait, what

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  1. hop - Nov 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Sounds like a perfect fit for the baston redsuks if i ever saw a perfect fit!! Go get em Theo!

  2. Old Gator - Nov 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    >>his posting fee probably won’t buy you fare from Shinjuku to Moto-yawata on the leaf green line of the Toei.
    For Buddha’s sake, Craig, buy a 24-hour Tokyo Transit fare card for nine bucks USD. Last I recall it was valid on Toei trains within the metropolitan commuter zone. You’re ordering a la carte when the early bird special is still on.
    And be sure to stop and be photographed next to the Godzilla statue (no, the original Godzilla) in the plaza in front of the Tokyo Central terminal.

  3. Evil Empire 2009 - Nov 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    I agree, he will not be pitching for the YANKEES, SORRY.

  4. Michael Street - Nov 17, 2009 at 4:49 PM

    You don’t need to pay a posting fee for a player like Takahashi, who’s a free agent. Posting fees are only for guys like Dice-K or Ichiro, who were still under contract with their parent clubs.
    It takes you nine years to become a free agent in NPB, but once you’re there, the club that lost you doesn’t get any compensation (no Elias Report rankings to fuss about there).
    So the posting fee for Takahashi wouldn’t buy you one ramen noodle, let alone a transit fare card.

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