Found October 01, 2011 on Mets360.com:
This time last year one of the big player personnel moves facing the Mets was what to do with Hisanori Takahashi. It was complicated due to Rule 8(i)(2), which made it necessary for the Mets to sign him by Halloween. And if you recall, the Mets had just fired their general manager and had yet to bring Sandy Alderson aboard. When the Mets did hire Alderson, he negotiated with Takahashi’s agent to extend the deadline a couple of days. But even with the extra time, the Mets could not come to an agreement with the lefty swingman. Takahashi went out on the open market and signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Angels. In 2010, Takahashi was very good when used out of the bullpen, as he had a 2.04 ERA in 57.1 IP as a reliever. He even ended the year as a closer, as he took over for the suspended Francisco Rodriguez. Earlier in the season, Takahashi bounced back and forth between starting and relieving. His posted a 5.01 ERA in 67.1 IP as a starter, which made everyone think ...
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