The Mets have until midnight tonight to sign Hisanori Takahashi or lose the right to negotiate with the left-hander until May 15, which would be moot because he’d be gone by then.
If reports are true, that Takahashi wants a three-year deal at $4.5 million a season, then it is a sure bet the Mets will let him walk. The Mets want to offer a one-year contract with an option with a total value of $3 million.
So, the difference between what the total Takahashi wants (at least $13.5 million) and what the Mets want to give ($3 million) is $10.5 million. Despite how versatile and productive Takahashi was for the Mets last season, considering the potential dollars he wants and his age at 36, I can’t see the Mets bringing him back.
The Mets reached an agreement with outfielder Jason Bay and pending a physical will make the announcement next week. The news has been confirmed by other news outlets.
BAY: Mets to get their man.
The deal is $66 million over four years with a vesting option for a fifth year that would bring the total value of the package to $80 million.
It had been widely speculated Bay did not want to play for the Mets and used them to drive up the price with Boston. The Red Sox, after signing John Lackey, seemingly pulled out of the Bay negotiating, but two days before Christmas reappeared as pursuers.
The sticking point was Bay wanting a fifth year, but the Mets held steadfast to their position of four years. The Red Sox cut off negotiations based on this stance. There were multiple reports coming out of Boston the Red Sox were concerned to the point where they believed the 31-year-old Bay would eventually have to be switched to DH by the end of his contract. Continue reading →