News: Mets close to signing Igarashi

The Mets are close to signing free-agent Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi to a two-year deal, says David Waldstein of the New York Times.

…i believe the deal will end up being for around $1 million per season

The 30–year-old Igarashi was 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 56 games with the Yakult Swallows last year.

According to Waldstein, Igarashi was being scouted by the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners and Indians, whose scouts project he will be an effective late-inning reliever at the major league level.

…i am told he has a serious, mid-90s fastball, and a hard splitter, which sits in the upper 80she can throw a curve ball, but rarely uses it in short reliefthe concern is how he will adjust to the smaller, major-league strike zone, as he tends to struggle with control from time to time…

Mets GM Omar Minaya had been in contact with Bobby Valentine, in an effort to learn more about Igarashi, according to a report in November from Hochi Sports.

…from what i can gather, he was being pursued most heavily by the D-Backs, Pirates, Dodgers, Yankees, Orioles and Padres, all of whom saw him as a legitimate set-up man

To see video of Igarashi pitching, click below: