how many years?
He did a lot with mixing up velocity. I can't find his velocity on FanGraphs, but I seem to remember him throwing pitches ranging between 60mph and mid-80s.
Last edited by Yagyu+; 12-13-2012 at 12:17 AM.
Are there any Americans left on this team?
Doesn't say how long, but if he isn't going to pitch until 2014, at least 2 years. Split conyract so he won't need a 40 man spot.
Man this team is going to be so potentially above average in 2014 it's going to hurt. Look out baseball world.
Not a bad arm at all really.
Brings up something interesting:
- Is oversea talent the new inefficiency?
- How long does it last? It seems that we might be in it's prime as such rather than at the beginning.
The fat ones, amirite!?!?!?Are there any Americans left on this team?
Last edited by SenorGato; 12-13-2012 at 12:36 AM.
It looks like he takes good advantage of Japanese double spin mechanics, but at a possible 5 mil for a 36 year old coming off TJ? I don't know, does theo owe this guy a favor?
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He was actually a Cub for half a Spring Training in 2008
In 2008, Takatsu attempted to return to U.S. baseball and signed a minor league deal, with an invitation to spring training, with the Chicago Cubs of the MLB. However, he was released midway through spring training
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Hah! Just seeing this news now (lunchtime in Tokyo!). Well, Lim's team, the Yakult Swallows, are the team in my neighborhood. He came from Korea to Japan in 2008. I've seen a bunch of Swallows games the last few years. In general, he was a solid closer, and occasional setup man, for them.
As others are starting to mention, maybe we can get an Okajima or Uehara type performance out of him. Those relievers were both late 30s when they came to the MLB. But it will have to be in 2014, since his TJ surgery was just in July. Maybe we'll get a brief look late next year.
I don't see him as a closer in the MLB. Hopefully a good 7th/8th inning guy for us in 2014. Fujikawa has a stronger chance to become an MLB closer.Nakajima, the free agent shortstop - who probably needs to move to 3rd in the MLB - still seems to be out there...
Not much else on the hitting front coming out of Japan this year.
Another questionable signing of a dude in his mid 30's.
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