Takahashi has appeared in the Majors in each of the last four seasons with the Mets, Angels, Pirates and Cubs, and is a combined 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 168 games, including 12 starts his rookie year. He began the season with three games with the Cubs, then was sent to Triple-A Iowa, where he went 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 27 1/3 innings over 20 games.
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