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Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

Hisanori Takahashi throwing

Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him.

Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to keep Jose Contreras, but the Phillies could view Takahashi as the left-handed replacement for J.C. Romero, whose $4.5 million option for 2011 was declined last week.

Takahashi split his rookie season between the bullpen and rotation but had most of his success as a reliever, going 6-2 with a 2.04 ERA in 41 relief outings compared to 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 12 starts.

New York reportedly offered Takahashi a one-year deal to stay, but various sources have suggested that the 35-year-old southpaw is looking for a two- or three-year contract worth around $5 million per season. He may have a tough time getting that much money for that many seasons, but the Phillies are apparently willing to sign Contreras to a multi-year deal and he’s actually four years older than Takahashi.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 15, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Danys Baez ………. Was a total loss last season. I hope they keep the big Cuban. And this guy appears to be a good pick up, but the Phills won’t go more than 2 years on this guy.

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