Hisanori Takahashi
Hisanori Takahashi
45-Year-Old PitcherRP
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$Signed a contract with the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League in December 2013.
PFree Agent  F
December 25, 2013
Takahashi has signed a contract with the Yakult Swallows, the Japan Times reports.
Takahashi returns to Japan after playing in MLB from 2010 to 2013. At age 38, he'll finish his career in Japan.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Pitching strictly out of the bullpen last season, Takahashi posted a 3.44 ERA and 52:25 K:BB ratio in 68 innings. He is not the Angels’ top lefty in the bullpen, but he is still one of their most trusted relievers. While he may pick up the occasional rogue save, he'd likely be far down the list of fallback options if the ninth-inning gig were to become available during the season. Look for Takahashi to serve as a middle reliever again in 2012.
Takahashi, who the Mets signed last offseason to a one-year deal after 10 years in Japan, proved to be a godsend, filling the role of starter, middle reliever and closer at various points during the season. The deal he signed enabled him to become a free agent, and he was ineligible to return to the Mets until May 15. Thus, Takahashi signed a two-year, $8-million contract with the Angels. He is expected to pitch out of the bullpen, and given his splits between the first time through the lineup and thereafter, that seems to be the best place for him.
Takahashi filed for free agency and plans to leave Japan for MLB. He's not going to overpower anyone with an 86-90 mph fastball, but he mixes in a variety of breaking pitches, by far the best of which is a sinking screwball. Takahashi runs his screwball between about 75 and 80 mph, and consistently misses bats and induces groundballs with it. He throws a curveball and a slider, neither of which he commands as effectively as his screwball. Like almost every other starter to come out of NPB, innings will be a concern with Takahashi, should he land in a starting role. Takahashi has eclipsed 160 innings pitched just three times in his career, and not once since 2007, when he set a career high with 186. Although Takahashi has not historically been particularly tough on left-handed hitters, his screwball is enough of a plus pitch to give him a chance to be an elite MLB reliever, though he could become an effective one, should he not stick as a starter. He'll compete for the fifth starter's job after signing with the Mets and could be an option in long relief.
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PFree Agent  F
October 4, 2013
Takahashi elected free agency, Baseball America reports.
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PColorado Rockies  F
June 22, 2013
The Rockies acquired Takahashi from the Cubs on Saturday for a player to be named later, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
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PChicago Cubs  F
April 18, 2013
Takahashi was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.
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PChicago Cubs  F
April 16, 2013
Takahashi has been designated for assignment by the Cubs, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
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PChicago Cubs  F
March 31, 2013
Takahashi was added to the Cus' 40-man roster Sunday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
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