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.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.