Wed Dec 16 06:25am EST
The New York Mets haven't been the player that general manager Omar Minaya has wanted to be this off-season, but he's worked a lot of magic before in a situation where he didn't have a lot of cash to play with when he ran the show for the Montreal Expos. (Of course the Mets have a little more dough than the Expos ever did.) Now it's looking like he's about to sign Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi to a deal, according to the New York Post.
The Boston Red Sox were once thought to be the team to beat on Igarashi but maybe the folks there have been too busy celebrating the John Lackey(notes) signing. Still, there were plenty of other teams interested in the 30-year-old fella who is thought to be one of the hardest-throwing dudes in Japan. He went 3-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 56 games last year for the Yakult Swallows.