Thursday, October 28, 2010
Deadline extension for Takahashi in works
By Adam Rubin
Arn Tellem, the new agent for Hisanori Takahashi, indicated Thursday that the looming deadline the Mets face for completing negotiations with the Japanese left-hander may be extended.
When Takahashi signed in March, the Mets agreed to make him a free agent on Oct. 31 if an extension had not been worked out. However, if Takahashi were to be cut loose on Sunday per that agreement, he could not re-sign and appear in the majors for the Mets until May 15 -- essentially meaning he would have to sign elsewhere.
"We are in discussions with the Mets to extend the negotiating deadline with them," Tellem told ESPNNewYork.com via e-mail.
Takahashi switched agents from New York-based Peter and Ed Greenberg this week.
The inclination to extend the negotiating deadline with the Mets is a positive development in the likelihood Takahashi remains with the club.
A Mets insider said of the agent switch: "We can offer what we are going to offer, so not sure it matters much. Since he's switching to a guy we work well with, it should not matter and simply be a matter of years and dollars."
UPDATE: The sides reportedly have completed the extension of the deadline, giving the Mets breathing room to complete a deal.