NEW YORK -- By picking up the victory Friday evening, Mets reliever Hisanori Takahashi became just the third player in the past decade to notch at least 10 wins and eight saves in a season, and the first since Francisco Cordero turned the trick with the Rangers and Brewers back in 2006.
Takahashi, who has spent time as a starter, long man, middle reliever, setup man and closer this season, can become a free agent after this season.
Suffice it to say, his value is rising.
"He's been tremendous," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's a guy that, coming out of the 'pen, he doesn't flinch. He just pitches. He's been very, very impressive."