Hiroki Kuroda apparently signed a 1-year deal worth US$12M (1.02B yen) with the Dodgers on Monday.
The Reds had claimed Takahashi off waivers, giving the club an exclusive negotiating window with the Japanese pitcher. Takahashi had five days to refuse the claim and become a free agent, which he did Friday, according to an official familiar with the transaction.
A Mets source indicated Takahashi was seeking a three-year deal in the $4 million to $5 million range a season. The pitcher openly indicated throughout the season that his preference was to pitch as a starting pitcher.
The Nippon Ham Fighers apparently don't have an interest in Kenshin Kawakami. Instead, it seems they want to spend their time and money on raising their younger players.