New York Mets
Arn Tellem, the new agent for Hisanori Takahashi, indicated Thursday that the looming deadline the Mets face for completing negotiations with the Japanese left-hander may be extended.
When Takahashi signed in March, the Mets agreed to make him a free agent on Oct. 31 if an extension had not been worked out. However, if Takahashi were to be cut loose on Sunday per that agreement, he could not re-sign and appear in the majors for the Mets until May 15 -- essentially meaning he would have to sign elsewhere.
"We are in discussions with the Mets to extend the negotiating deadline with them," Tellem told ESPNNewYork.com via e-mail.
Takahashi switched agents from New York-based Peter and Ed Greenberg this week.
The inclination to extend the negotiating deadline with the Mets is a positive development in the likelihood Takahashi remains with the club.
A Mets insider said of the agent switch: "We can offer what we are going to offer, so not sure it matters much. Since he's switching to a guy we work well with, it should not matter and simply be a matter of years and dollars."
UPDATE: The sides reportedly have completed the extension of the deadline, giving the Mets breathing room to complete a deal.