Updated at 10:15 pm:
Bart Hubbuch of the New York Posts says he talked to a Mets official believes the team is going to sign Igarashi; however, the two sides are still in talks and ‘nothing is imminent.’
Original Post at 7:00 pm:
The Red Sox are now the favorites to sign free-agent Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi, reports the Japanese media outlet Sponichi.
Earlier today, David Waldstein of the New York Times reported the Mets were close to signing Igarashi to a two-year deal.
Igarashi’s agent, Arn Tellem, told Anthony McCarron of the Daily News the Mets are still in serious discussions with his client, ‘who projects to be a set-up man for Francisco Rodriguez.’