Left-hander Hisanori Takahashi, who had an out in his contract with the Mets that forced the club to release him after the season, is on the verge of signing with the Los Angeles Angels, according to the New York Times. Takahashi reportedly is headed to California for a physical.
The loss of Takahashi, who was not permitted to re-sign with the Mets until May 15 after getting cut loose, as well as Pedro Feliciano declining arbitration leaves the Mets with little proven left-handed relief help currently under control. The top southpaw relievers at the moment are Oliver Perez, Pat Misch, Mike O'Connor and Eric Niesen.
Perez, by the way, has tossed 10 straight scoreless innings in Mexico. And it sounds increasingly likely the organization will bring him to spring training to take a look rather than simply eat his $12 million contract for 2011 this offseason.