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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Mets sign Japanese pitcher?

The Mets have reportedly signed Japanese RHP, Yusaku Iriki. Iriki was released by his Japanese team last year, and he failed to be signed by any major league club in November via the posting system. The deal he signed is worth a bit less then 1 million and it includes incentives that equal up to $500,000. He can start or pitch in relief, however it is debatable whether he will be succesful in either role.

Iriki to me screams Dae Sung Koo. He has a 35-35 career record to go along with his 3.75 ERA. In 2005 he went 6-7 with a 3.35 ERA in only 28 games. The Mets haven't had the best luck signing free agent Japanese players, but eventually one will work out, unfortunately, I don't think he is the one who will break the mold. However, there's always hope.


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