According to David Waldstein: Mets Near a Deal With Ryota Igarashi
“The Mets are close to signing Ryota Igarashi, a Japanese pitcher, to a two-year deal” rumored to be around 1 million per.
Before you start blasting away, keep this in mind. Based on the rumors the Yankees, Redsox, Indians, M’s and others were also interested and scouts believe he could be an effective setup man on the MLB level.
So it appears that Omar has done a good job here on a low risk deal.Â Perhaps he chose the Mets because Omar speaks Japanese?
Update: Metsblog also has some good information: “Mets GM Omar MinayaÂ had been in contact with Bobby Valentine, in an effort to learn more about Igarashi, according to a report in November from Hochi Sports.”
Added to by Metro:
The Mets have come to terms with 30 year old right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi. Igarashi is known for a blazing FB and poor control. He is on record as having the fastest pitch in Japanese Baseball history. His deal is rumored to be 2 years worth between 2 and 4 million total. Igarashi comes to the Mets via recommendation by Bobby Valentine….Gotta admit knowing that Omar listens to Bobby on this makes me believe Valentine coming back is a REAL option. Mets start slow, Manuel on the ropes, Valentine out of a job, ticket sales lagging… what move gets the backpage of the paper, WFAN talking, fans talking? I’d say the inventor of a Wrap would do that best.