Takahashi wants a two- or three-year deal, but the Mets’ original incentive-laden offer was for only one guaranteed year.
But that offer was made before Sandy Alderson was named general manager, so he may have other thoughts on the issue.
The Mets have until Nov. 5 to come to an agreement, or Takahashi cannot re-sign with them under a major league contract until May 15, essentially ensuring he will sign elsewhere. Takahashi’s contract had a clause written into it that mandated the Mets had to release him either 10 days after the Mets’ season ended or Oct. 31, whichever came later.
On Thursday, the sides were granted an extension because Takahashi hired a new agent and Alderson had just come on board. Once the deadline passes, Takahashi can field offers from any of the other 29 teams.
According to the major leagues’ Rule 8 (i) (2), any player who is released by a team after midnight Aug. 31 cannot sign a major league contract with the same team until May 15 of the following year. He can sign a minor league contract, but Takahashi would almost certainly not do that. Even if he did, he still could not be called up to the major leagues until May 15.
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