Source: Igarashi released

Reliever Ryota Igarashi has been released by the Mets, a major league source tells ESPNNewYork.com.

Ryota Igarashi

Ryota Igarashi

#18 RP
New York Mets

2011 STATS

  • GM45
  • W4

  • L1

  • BB28

  • K42

  • ERA4.66

Igarashi, 32, just completed a two-year, $3 million deal after coming over from Japan.

Normally, he would not be eligible for free agency until after six years of major league service. But like with Hisanori Takahashi, the former Mets regime put a clause in Igarashi's original major league contract granting free-agency rights if the sides could not agree to a new deal after the expiration of the original agreement.

Igarashi did not appear in the Mets' plans anyway. He went 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA over two seasons and also spent significant stretches in the minors.

Igarashi told ESPNNewYork.com at the end of the season that he wanted to continue his major league career in 2012. Because of an affinity for the United States, Igarashi intended to spend much of his offseason in New York.