Hey…Anyone left-handed and wants to pitch for a Major League baseball team? With word that the valuable Hisanori Takahashi has inked a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the news from a few days back that Pedro Feliciano turned down the Mets offer of arbitration, the Amazins’ have a deep hole in the bullpen. Can anyone say Ollie Perez? (who amazingly tossed 10 straight scoreless innings during his Mexican League stint)
In his first big league season Takahashi, 35, started 12 games for the Mets in 2010 while also doing yeoman’s work out of the bullpen. He acted as the long man, set up Francisco Rodriguez for a time and then collected six saves after K-Rod decided to beat in his girlfriend’s father’s face to a pulp at Cit Field in August. His versatility and consistency will be missed as will the mass of 20 Japanese reporters gathered around his locker after every game, no matter if he toed the rubber or not.
Speaking of K-Rod, the digraced Mets closer officially pled guilty in court in Queens on this morning to a attempted assault and two counts of disorderly conduct. He received a hefty fine and will now be forced to undergo a 52-session anger-management program. Ladies and gentlemen…Your 2011 New York Mets. Not really off to a flying start so far this Hot Stove season.