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Baltimore Sun: Orioles invite Hisanori Takahashi to Spring Training

by on Jan.29, 2010 @ 12:21 pm, under MLB

A Baltimore Sun snippet via Nikkan Sports:

The team has extended minor-league deals with spring training invites to former Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Will Ohman and Japanese import Hisanori Takahashi. Barring acceptance from one or both, or possibly from a right-handed reliever, the spring roster is set.

There's also some talk about the Mets as well.  A NY Times snippet via Sponichi:

The Mets are also focused on getting another left-handed pitcher for the bullpen, which is primarily why they have shown interest in Hisanori Takahashi, who pitched for the Yomiuri Giants. Takahashi was a starter in Japan, but he could work out of the bullpen and evolve into an emergency starter if the need arose.

Takahashi and his agent have gone on record a number of times that they are looking for a MLB deal and that they aren't in any rush to sign a deal right away.  Takahashi is looking for a major-league deal and a serious chance to start.

There are plans for Takahashi to fly to the US on the 31st to continue his training over there.   He's also planning on starting a throwing program beginning February 1st.