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by Gonzo Will
It’s time to play GM.
Do you agree with Sandy Alderson letting Takahashi walk? Was Takahashi asking for too much or were the Mets being too cheap?
Do you think Sandy made the right decision?
11/7/2010-9:17am at 9:17 am (UTC -4)
I won’t question Sandy’s motives on not re-signing Taka – Raka was a good piece of the bullpen and he was passable as a starter . I don’t think he was worth the years nor the $ he was demanding. I think hitters will catch up to him rather quickly
11/7/2010-9:49am at 9:49 am (UTC -4)
its hard to say whether it is accurate but if Takahashi wanted 3 years 12-15 million then you had to let him go.
I also believe Feliciano needs to be shown the door if he declines arbitration. He has been great for us but given his 1.54 WHIP this past season and his continued inability to get RH bats out, you cant give him that kind of money and years.
Also what supplemental pick would the Mets receive for letting him go? is it a sandwich pick in the 1st or a supplemental in the 2nd?
11/7/2010-10:52am at 10:52 am (UTC -4)
If the question is was it right to not give a 35 yr old pitcher a 3 yr 12 to 15M deal? The answer is yes it was probably the easiest decision Alderson had to make so far.
11/7/2010-11:04am at 11:04 am (UTC -4)
I wouldn’t have minded a 3 year contract if he was willing to take 1MIL for each year. But that wasn’t happening.
I like Taka, I think he’ll have a good year but beyond that, considering his age, is a crap shoot. 3 years at about 12MIL? If that was really what he was looking for I don’t have a problem with the Mets not going for that.
11/7/2010-11:11am at 11:11 am (UTC -4)
We’ll never know for sure, what the final offer on the table from Takahashi was (just like we don’t actually know final offers for Perez and Castillo from other teams, not _Everything_ is texted directly to Heyman)
3 years was too many, but I would’ve over paid him for 2. helpful versatile relief is hard to come by and i’m worried he won’t leave the city, or will end up in Philly.
11/7/2010-11:55am at 11:55 am (UTC -4)
There’s just not enough of a body of MLB work for the soon-to-be 36 year old Takahashi to have made him some kind of priority, certainly not (IMO) one that would suggest that giving him a multi-year contract is a good idea.
If the Mets could not get him on 100% their terms they should have, and apparently did, let him go elsewhere.
To this Mets fan it’s yet another in a series of decisions by the Mets in the last few weeks that signal a positive change in the way the organization is going about doing things.
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