Sunday February 7, 2010
The San Diego Padres have reportedly offered Yomiuri Giants lefty Hisanori Takahashi a minor league deal.
The Padres were one of 4 teams to offer him a contract including the Dodgers, Giants and Red Sox according to a report by Sports Hochi that was passed along on Twitter by NPB Tracker.
Jon Heyman tweeted today that the Mets and Pirates were also interested in the 35 year old screwball specialist.
Takahashi started 24 games and threw 144 innings for the Nippon League Giants in 2009 while recording a 2.94 ERA with 126 SO and only 36 BB.
It is not known whether the Padres are looking at Takahashi as a back of the rotation starter or a reliever.