Report: Cubs Agree to Minor League Contract with Hisanori Takahashi

According to a report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with lefty reliever Hisanori Takahashi. Passan reported that the deal includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training.

Hisanori Takahashi was very good out of the pen for the Mets (2010) and Angels (2011) but struggled last season in 51 games for the Angels and Pirates. The 37-year old lefty posted a combined 0-3 record with a 5.54 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Takahashi was claimed off waivers from the Angels on August 24 and finished the year in the Pirates pen. Takahashi allowed eight runs on 10 hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh (8.64 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP). Lefties managed a .234/.268/.449/.716 line in 114 plate appearances against Takahashi last season and he will turn 38 on April 2.

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  • Brp921

    What’s everyones thoughts about signing Michael Bourne to a club friendly contract, if he’s willing? Would a good base stealing lead off hitter help the Cubs significantly? If yes, what would be a good contract?

    • TheWrongGuy

      I agree fully and completely of adding Bourn. Except 1 huge bad thing. His agent is Boras so a friendly or good contract is NOT possible.

      Though supposedly the Cubs did inquire about him earlier this off-season.

      That’s my 2 cents.

    • daverj

      I suspect the Cubs already have a “club friendly” type offer out to Bourn. I doubt he signs a deal like that, but you never know.

      • Brp921

        I don’t think he’ll get the kind of offer he’s most likely looking for, which is probably in the five year range. At his age with his value being his speed though, I don’t see him being to willing to sign a one year deal like some of Boras’s clients have done in the past. He’ll probably try to hold out for at least a two or three year deal. I’d be willing to give him two years and maybe some kind of option based on performance.

        • paulcatanese

          I think you nailed it in you’re first paragraph, five years or nada. If in fact he were to come to the Cubs on a “club friendly ” contract, it would mean one thing, other teams don’t think he’s worth it , and he would take whats left. I know the Cubs have been listed as “in the hunt” for him, but IMO they will wait him out and not go as a front runner or top
          dollar for him.
          If he were that great, he would be gone
          by now.

          • Brp921

            I was thinking they could sign him without losing a draft pick, but they would lose their second pick. At this point, especially after suffering through last year, I don’t want to lose any picks. I have to wonder if any team will give up a pick for him.

    • Tony_Hall

      No thanks. He costs a draft pick on top of only getting him for a short contract….just not worth it…..not that I would want him on a long contract with legs being his biggest asset.

      • Brp921

        I read somewhere that he didn’t cost a draft pick, which would be the only way I would consider him.

  • cubfan042323

    Whats up with the cubs signing all these washed up players?I really dont understand it.Signing all these guys with arm issues and a hundred yrs old

    • daverj

      Many teams sign these types of players to minor league deals. Very common and not limited to the Cubs.

    • calicub

      You can never have to many NRI. At least this guy has had decent Years recently.

      I’d take him over Kevin Millar and Todd wellemeyer a few years ago

    • Tony_Hall

      You need to look at the underlying numbers, not just the basic numbers that people put too much emphasis on those being the end all. His FIP was the same in 2012 as 2011 (3.93 and 3.94). He increased his k’s/9 up to 9.3 while lowering his walk rate to 2.5. He appears to have been “unlucky” no different than a hitter who has a year with a lower BABIP than their normal.

      It could be that he did lose it and didn’t just have an unlucky season. This is just a NRI, but I expect him to be on the roster to start the year as the 2nd lefty in the pen.

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