In November, the Mets released Ryota Igarashi and he has now signed with a new team. There are reports out saying that Igarashi signed a split contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you are like me, and were unsure what a split contract is, well here you go: A split contract is a contract that includes separate salary for time in the minor leagues vs time in the major leagues. Igarashi with the Mets showed a lot of promise when he first started. At the time he looked like the set-up man of the future. However, after his first injury, when he came back, he was never quite the same. Overall with the Mets he posted an ERA of 5.74 (79 appearances). The Mets signed him to a 2 year contract worth 3 million.