Found October 20, 2011 on MetsOnline:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have released RHP Ryota Igarashi.

Igarashi pitched in Japan for the majority of his career, but came to America to pitch for the Mets two years ago. He recently completed a two-year, $3 million deal.

In his time with the Mets, Igarashi went 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA, bouncing between the Mets and Triple-A Buffalo.

The story basically went like this for Igarashi:

He was a successful pitcher in Japan with “good stuff.” The Mets always liked him and we always thought that he’d eventually find his way in the big leagues, but he didn’t.

It was a typical Omar Minaya signing. We thought he’d be good because everyone told us he would be. But, then he underperformed. You’ve heard that one before, right?

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