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Dodgers reportedly lose out on Takahashi

February 11, 2010 | 10:29 am
The Dodgers have apparently lost out in their effort to sign Japanese pitcher Hisanori Takahashi.

The Dodgers and Mets were thought to be the finalists to sign the left-hander, but Jerry Craznick is reporting on ESPN that Takahashi has reached an agreement with the Mets.

Takahashi, who turns 35 on April 2, was a starter for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants but is considered by many teams a swingman for the major leagues. The Dodgers are searching for a fifth starter.

Takahashi struggled in 2008 but rebounded last year to go 10-6 with a 2.94 ERA. He threw 144 innings, giving up 144 hits and striking out 126. He throws a screwball.

Terms have not been announced, but David Waldstein reports in the New York Times that the Mets’ offer was believed to be $1 million if he makes their major league roster.

The Orioles, Red Sox and Padres were also interested in Takahashi.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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