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Takahashi Elects To Become Free Agent

New York Mets pitcher Hisanori Takahashi has elected to become a free agent after he and the team failed to work out a contract according to the New York Daily News.

Takahashiwent 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA in 53 appearances in his first season with the Metsand in the league as both a starting and relief pitcher.  Takahashi played in a Japanese league prior to joining the Mets last season.

He reportedly wanted a multi-year deal with at least 5 million dollars earned annually and 2 million guaranteed.  New Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Takahashi's agent, Arm Tellem decided to extend the contract deadline from earlier this week till this Friday.  As a part of a new rule, Takahashiis now unable to sign with the Mets anymore until May 15th, which should cap his career as a Met.

Takahashi joins lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano as Mets players set to hit the market.