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Report: Mets close in on Igarashi

Updated: December 15, 2009, 8:58 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the New York Mets are close to completing a two-year contract with Japanese reliever Ryota Igarashi.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been finalized.

Igarashi, a 30-year-old right-hander, throws 93-94 mph with a splitter, the person said. New York needs setup help in the bullpen for All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Igarashi pitched for the Yakult ...

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