New Mets GM Sandy Alderson failed his first real test. He allowed left-handed pitcher Hisanori Takahashi to get away.
“Hisanori wanted to test the free agent market,” new Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “We thank Hisanori for his contributions to the Mets in 2010 and wish him good luck in his future major league career.”
The 35-year-old Takahashi went 10-6 with a 3.61 ERA. He started 12 games and was eight-for-eight in save opportunities in 53 appearances in his first season in the majors.
With the return date of Johan Santana still unknown and the possibility of losing lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano to free-agency, having someone like Takahashi on staff would have been a huge benefit. He has shown the ability to pitch in any role the Mets need him for; starter, reliever, closer.
If this one action, (or inaction) in this case, is the start of a trend by Alderson I see bad things on the horizon for 2011.
Letting free agents to walk out the door makes it clear that the Mets are not going to be big spenders this winter. Yes, they will get draft picks in compensation for losing any free agents, but any players the Mets get will not be able to help them next year.
It could be that Alderson’s plan is to slog through 2011 by jettisoning any and all free agents this year, then doing the same thing next winter when the contracts of Oliver Perez, Carlos Beltran and Luis Castillo expire, before really making this team over.
If that is the case, then Mets fans need to hold on because the 2011 team is going to be closer to losing 90 games than winning 90 games and Alderson will be cursed all summer for letting the free agents escape.
Or, Takahashi could completely flame out where ever he ends up and the moves Alderson eventually makes this winter helps restore hope to Flushing.