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Randy Messenger sets a November 15 deadline for offers from major league teams

Nov 5, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports provides the story:

Right-hander Randy Messenger, who has spent the last three seasons dominating Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers, has set a Nov. 15 deadline to entertain offers from major league teams, said his agent, Matt Sosnick.

Messenger truly has been exceptional in Nippon Professional Baseball, boasting three straight sub-3.00 ERA seasons. He led the Central League in innings pitched this year with 196 1/3 and strikeouts with 183. The 32-year-old native of Reno, Nevada has a standing three-year contract offer to return to the Hanshin Tigers that carries $10 million in guaranteed money and another $5 million in performance-based incentives, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors.

Messenger wants a guaranteed two-year contract in the $8-10 million range to return state-side.

He was an 11th-round draft pick of the Marlins back in 1999 and made a total of 173 appearances in Major League Baseball (for Miami, San Francisco and Seattle) before taking his talents over to Japan.

HardballTalk’s Matthew Pouliot ranked him 46th on the official HBT Top 150 Free Agents list.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 5, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Of course, after some seasoning in AAAA he will be remarkably better than he was in the majors before.

    Stay a big fish in a small pond. Especially when they are paying you ridiculously well.

    Now, I have to pencil Tuffy Rhodes into my teams DH position for the upcoming year and run some projections.

    • jwbiii - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Tuffy did have his moments. . .

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:24 AM

        So did Cecil Fielder.

  2. skerney - Nov 5, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    On 5/29/07 Giants closer Armando Benitez balked home Jose Reyes in the bottom of the 12th to lose the game. Benitez was traded to the Marlins for Randy Messenger before series was over. For this reason I will always love Randy Messenger.

  3. eightyraw - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    ERA under 3.00 doesn’t mean as much when the league ERA was under 3.00 in 2012 (and at 3.06 in 2011). Context is important when discussing NPB.

  4. moogro - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Don’t hate me. I’m just a Messenger.

    • fatheruburu - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM

      Oh snap!

  5. kiwicricket - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    Someone named their child ‘Randy Messenger’ ???

  6. jre80 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:08 AM


    • kylewo - Nov 6, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Randy Messenger. He’s a baseball player.

  7. thegonz13 - Nov 6, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Hey, he set a deadline. Don’t shoot the Messenger!

    • jwbiii - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      His lease is probably up at the end of the month and he wants two weeks to pack.

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