40-year-old Takashi Saito told reporters that he hasn't thought about quitting yet and that playing in the US was his first option. He also said that if he wanted to continue playing, he would have to start preparing within at least 4 weeks, but didn't really want to think about it right now.
And with the ousting of the Braves, this will be the first postseason a Japanese player has failed to appear in a postseason game since 1998.
Masato Yoshii started run in 1999 and was followed by players like:
Kazuhiro Sasaki (Seattle Mariners, 200-2001)
Tsuyoshi Shinjo (SF Giants, 2002)
Hideki Matsui (NY Yankees, 2003-2007, 2009)
So Taguchi (St Louis Cardinals, 2004-2006, Philadelphia Phillies, 2008)
Tadahito Iguchi (Chicago White Sox, 2005; Philadelphia Phillies 2007)
Akinori Otsuka (San Diego Padres, 2005)
Takashi Saito (LA Dodgers, 2006, 2008; Boston Red Sox, 2009)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (Boston Red Sox, 2007-2008)
Hideki Okajima (Boston Red Sox, 2007-2009)
Kazuo Matsui (Colorado Rockies, 2007)
Hiroki Kuroda (LA Dodgers, 2008-2009)
Kosuke Fukudome (Chicago Cubs, 2008)
Akinori Iwamura (Tampa Bay Rays, 2008)
Hisanori Takahashi returned to Japan today and told reporters that he hoped he could spend more time pitching out of one role next season instead of splitting time between starting and closing. He also added that doing both this season ended up being a plus for him.
While Takahashi does have an interest in returning to the Mets next season, he still needs to sit down his agent and figure out what comes next.
...has interviewed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a replacement for Cito Gaston.
...has interviewed with the Seattle Mariners as a replacement for Don Wakamatsu.
...is still considered a candidate for the Marlins' position.