Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mets close with Igaharshi

According to the NY Times the Mets are close to signing Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi. I completed this post on Igarashi which has a You tube of him pitching and a link to an NPB tracker bio. It appears that the deal will be for two years but no other details have been leaked.

While it's not much of a response to the last 24hrs it is a good move, Igarashi is a strong candidate to fill the set-up role. He has a three pitch repertoire and 51 career saves. Generally the league is at least a year behind Japanese relievers, as long as his stuff is decent he should have a very good 2010.

Last season Igarashi was 3-2 with a 3.19 earned run average in 56 games. Other than 2004, when he had 37 saves and a 2.66 E.R.A., he has not been the Swallows’ primary closer, but he has excelled in the set-up role. source NY Times