AUTHOR: GREG POMES
Earlier today Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported that the Mets and Hisanori Takahashi were not close to reaching a deal. Heyman reported that Takahasi and his agent were looking for a 3 year deal with a salary of 5 million per year. That would be about $15 million dollars.
Later on in the day Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that Takahasi will not be returning to the Mets in 2011. For those that don't know under the deal that Omar Minaya gave Takahasi last year if the Takahasi and the Mets didn't reach a deal by last week (the deadline was extended) then the Mets couldn't negotiate with him until May of 2011.
I've been critical of the Mets and of Alderson but this was the right move. Takahasi was great for the Mets in 2011. Takahasi helps your pitching staff, be it as a long man, a setup guy, close or even spot start. Having said that 15 million dollars for Takahasi is too much and is a step into the right direction. Omar Minaya would've gave in and given Takahasi his 3 year deal worth 15 million dollars.
Takahasi will be missed as now besides picking a new manager and filling some major holes the bullpen needs some work now. The Mets and the fas might regret in 2011 in not signing Takahasi but in 2012 and 2013 they won't. Good move Sandy Alderson. Hopefully moves like this are a sign of things to come.