Mets Release Ryota Igarashi

The New York Mets have released right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi. He went 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA in 69 innings for the Mets the past two seasons.

New York Mets fans, your long regional nightmare is over. After 79 mostly ineffective appearances over the past two years, right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi will pitch elsewhere in 2012, according to a Thursday report from ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. The 32-year-old Igarashi will be a free agent due to a clause in his contract that allows him to become such if he and the Mets could not agree on a deal at the end of his two-year, $3 million contract.

Igarashi pitched 69 innings for the Mets and allowed a 5.74 ERA while going 5-2. Though he put together a strong stretch during the middle of July this year after tweaking his splitter, the reliever hit a rut and allowed eight runs in 11 innings during August. His interpreter, Michael Peters, became a popular subject for profile pieces within the New York media.

-- For complete Mets coverage throughout the offseason, be sure to visit Amazin' Avenue.

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