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Mets add right-hander Igarashi to bullpen

Dec 17, 2009, 5:52 PM EST

The Mets confirmed the signing of reliever Ryota Igarashi to a two-year contract on Thursday. The financials weren’t disclosed, but it’s believed the deal is worth around $3 million.
It’s a nice little gamble for the Mets, and I thought Igarashi would get twice as much when he announced he was coming over. The 30-year-old right-hander had a 3.25 ERA in 507 career appearance for the Yakult Swallows. Last season, he finished with a 3.19 ERA and a 44/20 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. He still throws in the mid-90s in occasion, and it should take major league hitters to adjust to his splitter. Poor command and questions about his ability to throw 70 innings per year caused some teams to shy away, but he has a chance to be a pretty good seventh- and eighth-inning guy if used carefully.

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