Another Japanese Import on the Table

ken_takahashi.jpgAccording to sources in Japan, the New York Mets are considering making an offer to Japanese lefthander Ken Takahashi (link target is in Japanese).

The always-excellent resource NBPTracker has more to the story and a profile of Takahashi.

From NBPT:

“It has been a wish of mine to play in America after qualifying for free agency,” said Takahashi, who went 8-5 with Hiroshima this season.

“American baseball is a different world. I’d like to start off by getting one win over there. I’ll need energy to challenge at my age but it is just a case of believing in myself,” the 39-year-old
said. “There aren’t that many left-handers over there either and that would be a plus for me.”

Awe-inspiring, I know.

Before you get too excited, understand that Takahashi turns 40 in April. I’ll be 39 by then, so perhaps I can be his personal catcher.

Not sure how much truth there is to the rumor that the Mets are interested, but hey, more paint for the wall. According to Takahashi, it is his dream to

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