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Mets sign Japanese import Ryota Igarashi

December 17, 2009

Igarashi played for the Yakult Swallows last season

via New York Post

The Mets landed the leading contender to be their set-up man last night when they agreed to terms with hard-throwing Japanese import Ryota Igarashi on a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old Igarashi, a right hander whose best pitches are a forkball and splitter, had Tommy John surgery two years ago, but reportedly has regained most of his arm strength and throws regularly in the mid- to high-90s.

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