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.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.