Interest remains in Takahashi

The Orioles have engaged in talks with pitcher Hisanori Takahashi and retain interest in the Japanese left-hander, but they’re unsure whether he’ll join former teammate Koji Uehara in the organization.

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the club has talked to him “in general terms about what we’d offer and whether he’d be interested.”

Takahashi is claiming that he’s received a major league offer, according to various reports, but he won’t reveal the team. MacPhail isn’t certain whether Takahashi, who turns 35 in April, is referring to the Orioles.

We could be dealing with semantics here. Does speaking in general terms about a contract constitute an official offer?

If he eventually signs with the Orioles, they would allow him to compete for spots in the rotation and bullpen. But MacPhail said it’s more likely that Takahashi, who prefers to start if he comes to the U.S., would be viewed as a reliever.

The Mets reportedly have contacted Takahashi’s agent.

You can read more about him right here.

A few points jump out at me from this scouting report:

• His best pitch is a screwball.
• He won’t eat up a lot of innings, which is why he’s better suited for the bullpen.
• Lefties hit .300 against him last season.

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