New York Mets Offer Hisanori Takahashi a 1-Year Deal: Time To Up the Ante

Christopher HowlandCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 31:  Hisanori Takahashi #47 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets have made an offer to reacquire the services of Hisanori Takahashi, but unless the Mets significantly up that offer, the Japanese lefty is almost certain to walk.

Earlier today it was reported by Dave Waldstein of the New York Post that the Mets have offered Takahashi an incentive-laden one-year proposal. Takahashi is reported as seeking a deal between two to three years.

This deal, however, was made up before new GM Sandy Alderson took office for the Mets, and, as he reportedly said Friday, “We’re going to look at it hard.”

The fact that the deadline to sign Takahashi was extended is a mere sign that a deal could be in place before the new Nov. 5 time limit. Considering Takahashi changed agencies and the Mets' front office has been in flux, the deadline was pushed back to make up lost time in the course of chaos over the past couple days.

If a deal does not get done by the time Nov. 5 passes, Takahashi will be able and willing to sign with any other team, and he would not be able to re-open talks with the Mets until May 15, all but assuring that he will most likely sign somewhere else.

The Mets can't really afford to lose Takahashi either, especially with Pedro Feliciano also looking at free agency this offseason. Takahashi was an integral part of last year’s squad, and the Mets need to up the ante or risk losing his left-handed presence in the bullpen.