What do the Red Sox want with Kei Igawa?

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Via Rich comes an interesting tidbit in this Ken Davidof blog post:

Well, I think it’s about time for me to give up on Kei Igawa. I didn’t see Friday’s game, but the brutal numbers speak for themselves. My faith was based on the faith of people whose opinions I respect. The Padres claimed Igawa on waivers last year, and San Diego GM Kevin Towers routinely makes great pitching acquisitions. And the Red Sox have been hoping that the Yankees give up on Igawa, so that Boston can make an end-around effort to get him (obviously, the Yankees wouldn’t give Igawa directly to the Red Sox).

While we know that the Padres were interested in 2007, Buster Olney feels that the Padres have long since passed the point of caring about Kei Igawa. But enter the Red Sox. Davidof suggests that the Red Sox are now interested in Igawa and I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why. A left-handed fly-ball pitcher throwing in Fenway would get utterly rocked by opposing teams. Plus, the Red Sox are not suffering from a lack of pitching depth.

So what’s the story here? Why would the Red Sox even be remotely interested in Igawa? Unless they wanted to stick to the Yanks by turning Igawa’s waist-high, 88-mph fastballs into something they aren’t and will never be, Igawa’s just not a name that makes sense in Boston.

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  • yankeemonkey

    Ridiculously farfetched conspiracy theory du jour:

    By making it sound like they’re interested in Igawa, Sox are ensuring that the Yankees keep him forever and ever. After all, if Sox want Igawa he’s gotta be good for something, right? In conclusion, the Sox’ nefarious scheme guarantees that the Yankees hang on to the guys, thus continuing to hurt themselves.

    • LC

      This is exactly what I was thinking.

    • mike

      Interesting – but I’d rather have Boston pay an additional few bucks to have him on their roster even the ML minimum- he is a sunken cost in NY!!

  • http://nyyu.blogspot.com Mike @ NYYU

    They can have him.

  • mooks

    Could be as simple as some scout or coach sees something in the guy, and thinks he can fix it.

    Baseball is full, absolutely full of guys who think they can “fix” a player or make some adjustments, and viola, they now have a star.

    There is probably a couple of guys in the red sox organization who think they can change Igawa, or make some adjustment, maybe teach him a new pitch, change mechanics, etc, and that will make him good.

    Its pretty mundane everyday normal thinking in the world of baseball.

  • http://2009 Haggs

    We won’t see Kei this week it looks like.

    George King says Mr. Kennedy will pitch Friday night…


    • yankeemonkey

      Hurray, if true. However, King also claims that Mets will use Santana in the Yankee series. I thought the Mets’ rainout ensured that Yanks will not see Santana in this series?

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        The Mets’ rainout had no bearing on Santana. He was scheduled to pitch Saturday and did indeed make his start that day. However, if the Mets are to hold Santana back to face the Yanks, they’ll have to find another starter as they have no scheduled off days this week.

        • yankeemonkey

          Ah, I stand corrected. Thanks, Ben! Still, hopefully no Santana this week. I can just imagine the circus if it somehow ends up being Santana vs. Kennedy. Ugh.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

            Santana vs. the Yanks will be a circus no matter who’s pitching. I’m not looking forward to it, if it happens.

            For what it’s worth, I was at the Santana start on Saturday at the lovely dump that is Shea Stadium. He gave up 10 hits in 6 innings and wasn’t particularly sharp.

          • http://riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Oh man, I’d LOVE to see an IPK-Johan matchup. IPK was talking all sorts of shit about proving them wrong for sending him down, he seems really amped to get back to bigs. What better way to motivate him?

            Plus the Mets’ lineup kinda sucks now. Ryan Church is the only one hitting.

            • yankeemonkey

              Plus the Mets’ lineup kinda sucks now. Ryan Church is the only one hitting.


              Yes, but you do know that every lineup turns into ’27 Yankees against us, and every pitcher is Cy Young, right?

        • YankeeJosh

          “The Mets’ rainout had no bearing on Santana”

          Not entirely true. The Mets now have no one lined up for Wednesday, while Santana and Pelfrey’s normal rest falls on Thursday. Mets will probably bring up a starter for Wednesday, throw Pelfrey on normal rest Thursday against the Nats and give Santana an extra day to face the Yanks on Friday night. That makes sense anyway. Had the game not gotten rained out on Friday, Pelfrey would have started Wednesday and Santana Thursday.

          As of now, the Mets list Santana for Thursday and Pelfrey for Friday, I believe, but I doubt that’ll hold up. I expect to see Santana on the mound Friday night against Rasner.

  • http://www.magicball.net Double-J

    Going back to the original blog article, he mentions Garcia commanding some serious offers if all goes well health wise. Could/should the Yanks take a chance on him for the back end of the rotation, especially with Hughes still on the DL?

  • http://madein1903.com felix the cat

    The funny thing is looking at Okijima’s old Youtube videos of him pitching NO ONE could have predicted his success.

    But then again that’s what happens when you have a talented pitching coach like John Farrel.

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph M

    Boston is messing with us.

  • Brian

    Might be a joke, but one of Igawa’s many sufferings could be the communication problem. Simplistic to think so, but maybe Matsuzaka and Okajima are saying he’s a good pitcher, and if Boston thinks they can get him for next to nothing it may be a nice political move. I can’t wrap my head around that exactly, but from a dollars standpoint it might be a risk they are willing to take. It’s not like they would have to pay us a posting fee…

  • Phil McCracken

    There is no reason why Igawa shouldn’t have been dealt last season to the Padres.

    He now joins the long list of players that Cashman didn’t know when to sell high when he had a chance. Knowing Brian, he’ll wait til Igawa’s final year and then trade him for someone like Esteban Loiaza who has 3 years left on his contract.