Igawa Pitches Well, Return Coming?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Last off season, the Yankees signed Kei Igawa to counter the Yankees signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka. They paid the Hanshin Tigers 26 million dollars and then paid Igawa four million annually until 2011. I didn't understand the move at the time, mostly because they had several young pitchers in their system, and there will still other pitchers on the market that they could have easily signed. Last season, Igawa went 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA in 14 games before he was sent down. In the minors, he went 6-5 with a 2.85 ERA in thirteen games. He has the potential to be a successful pitcher, but that it will take time to figure out what it will take. He had a pretty good spring, and he pitched six scoreless innings for the Yankees Triple-A team yesterday, with a fastball around 91 mph and an improved changeup and slider. If Ian Kennedy continues to struggle, they could send him to Triple-A and call up Igawa.

I believe they rushed Kennedy as it is, so to give him time to get his confidence up and work on his mechanics might help him and the Yankees in the long run. I think they would like to see Igawa in one more start before they call him up, but they might call him up sooner because they are paying him four million dollars, so they might as well get there money's worth.


Anonymous 7:42 AM CDT  

to understand the signing, you gotta realize that the 26 mil did not count against the cap,,,they could have gotten ted lilly for about the same cost but all of lillys money would have counted where igawa's annual contract is the only thing thats adding to payroll...i don't need to see him pitch again for the yanks, however b/c of his low annual contract I believe you could trade him for something of relative value.

ME 10:43 AM CDT  

He has the stuff to get batters out he did lead Japan in SOs for 3 years he could be up in the BP as a long man if nothing else

Ian pitched great in the minors went to a great Baseball school USC(i think that is the right one) and he has had ONE bad start calm down on IPK