Mets offered a one-year contract to Hisanori Takahashi

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The Mets were given a short extension on their window of exclusive negotiating rights with free agent lefty Hisanori Takahashi.  And it sounds like they are going to take advantage of the extra time.

Takahashi was offered a one-year deal from the Mets a few weeks back, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times, and it was a contract packed with incentives.  The offer was not met with much excitement from the southpaw’s side, but it was made before Sandy Alderson took over as general manager and it’s quite possible that the Mets will now sweeten the deal.

The 35-year-old Takahashi is apparently seeking a two or three-year deal and the two sides now have until November 5 to agree on something.  Once that date passes, he will officially be open to all clubs.

Takahashi turned in a solid 3.61 ERA and 1.30 WHIP this season, fanning 114 batters in 122 innings of work both as a starter and reliever.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.