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.
Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian will take the next few days to decide whether or not to undergo surgery to remove a blood clot naer his right armpit, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The alternative is to treat the clot with blood-thinners and rest.
Bedrosian, 24, hasn’t pitched since blowing a save against the Athletics on August 3, shortly after he took over the closer’s role from the injured Huston Street. Bedrosian was diagnosed with flexor tendinitis in the middle finger of his throwing hand about a week later.
Overall, Bedrosian — the son of former major league closer Steve — has had an outstanding season, compiling a 1.12 ERA with a 51/14 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Shelby Miller will return to the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation on Wednesday to start against the Giants at AT&T Field.
Miller had an abysmal first half of the season, which included a stint on the disabled list with a finger injury caused by his follow-through. In 14 starts with the D-Backs this season, Miller put up a 7.14 ERA with a 50/34 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings.
Miller was demoted to Triple-A Reno and made his first start shortly after the All-Star break. In eight starts in the minors, Miller compiled a much-improved 3.91 ERA with a 55/10 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings.
The Diamondbacks acquired Miller along with minor leaguer Gabe Speier from the Braves this past winter in a heavily-criticized trade that sent Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair, and 2015 No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson to Atlanta.