Salvaging a bad investment

Open Thread: Boone calls it a career
Cashman: Granderson is the center fielder

In an effort to get any sort of value out of one of the Yanks’ worst investments of the last decade, the team is going to try out Kei Igawa as a left-handed reliever only, Joel Sherman reported today. The winningest pitcher in Scranton history has two more seasons left with the Yankee organization, and the team has so far received nothing out of him. He is 2-4 with a devilish 6.66 ERA in 72.1 forgettable Major League innings.

For Igawa, this isn’t the first time his name has come up as a relief candidate. Joe explored the idea in late January. In AAA last year, he both struck out 7.44 lefties per 9 IP while his mark against righties was just 6.44. His walk splits — 0.80 per 9 IP vs. lefties against 3.10 BB per 9 IP vs. righties — are more pronounced. While his career splits are not as drastic as his 2009 splits were, he has more success vs. lefties than righties throughout his years in Scranton. Either way, Igawa isn’t on the 40-man roster, and the Yanks are in no rush to put him there. I don’t expect much to come of this.

Open Thread: Boone calls it a career
Cashman: Granderson is the center fielder
  • Dela G

    ha i totally called this happening back in november

    i think this is a good move. He needs to at least be given a chance to prove if he has ANYTHING in the tank to face ML hitters

  • Brett Gardner’s Quadriceps

    Failed starters often become good or great relievers.

    • Brian Ewart

      True story. Its a move right out of the Billy Beane playbook.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    why would the yankees waste a 40 man spot on this scrub???


    • Richard Iurilli

      Voldemort is a Yankees fan?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Well I guess the Evil Empire is appealing to him.

      • ralph

        So are Ganon and Unicron.

  • Nostra-Artist

    His MLB splits were much closer, which pretty much means everybody clobbered him.

    Worth a shot, you’re just going to see if his stuff (ahem) plays up in the bullpen. But I don’t expect much, either.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Beyond drawing the conclusion that he sucked from his MLB numbers, he thankfully didn’t pitch enough innings to show us anything else split-wise. Still, I’m not sure I’d want to him to throw enough innings to show us anything in that department.

  • vin

    Christ, I honestly thought he only had a 4 year deal. Had to go to Cot’s to double check. I still don’t want to believe it.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      It’s true. He signed a five-year deal. But for luxury tax purposes, he’s making $4 million a year. It looks really bad in context, but his contract isn’t really an albatross.

      • chriskeo

        I thought the Luxury Tax is determined by players on the 40-man, meaning its only $4 million out of the Boss’s pocket, not the additional $1.4 in Luxury Tax payment.

        Disclaimer: I’m not 100% on this, feel free to correct if I’m wrong.

        • Ed

          You’re right on that. I think what Ben was getting at was the posting fee. The team paid $26m for the rights to negotiate with him, but that total doesn’t count against the luxury tax.

  • Christos

    Will they cut him if he doesn’t make the team out of camp?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      There’s nothing from which they can cut him. He’s signed to a contract, but he’s not on the 40-man. He’ll just wind up in Scranton again.

      There’s maybe a 1 percent chance he makes the team out of camp, and that would involve catastrophic injury to every other Yankee pitcher.

  • Mike Axisa

    If by some chance he makes the team as a reliever, then they decide to DFA him in the future, he can refuse the assignment to the minors and become a free agent. Of course he would never do that, because he’d forfeit the remaining money left on his contract.

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    What are his numbers versus LHB while wearing shades?

  • pistol pete

    Igawa would be an awful reliever, he has no control and chokes under pressure. Can’t we move on to someone constructive, this guy stinks and always has. He makes the Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano signings look like steals. Oh for those of you who think Cashman is a genius he signed those guys too.

    • JobaWockeeZ


    • Benjamin Kabak

      Winning the World Series with the team Cashman put together sucked last year too. Damn, yo.

      • Bo

        It takes a genius to sign CC, AJ, Tex, and trade Betemit for Swisher. Also takes a genius to keep Mo, Jeter and Posada from the previous regimes and have the owner step in and keep the best player in baseball at 3b.

    • bexarama

      Weren’t we just talking about how the Pavano signing is easy to criticize in retrospect for obvious reasons, but made a ton of sense and was actually kinda smart at the time?

      • JobaWockeeZ

        Screw logic Cashman should have read the future.

      • Tom Zig

        Maybe signing Wright was a bad idea. But it was only for 21 mill.

      • Dalelama

        All deals seem smart when you make them otherwise you wouldn’t make them.

        • bexarama

          the trade that got us Swisher says hi.

        • AJ

          I’ll never understand the Latroy Hawkins signing. Then again, I’ll never understand how he did so well in Houston.

        • Jack

          There’s an Omar Minaya joke in here somewhere.

    • Tom Zig

      He makes the Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano signings look like steals.

      Neither of which were “big money” deals in the first place. The Yankees will have paid a total of $46 million for Igawa’s services, including the posting fee. I don’t see how $46 mill makes $40 mill look like a steal. Your statement about Jaret Wright may be true considering the Yanks only paid 18 of the 21 million Wright was guaranteed.

      • pistol pete

        I was kidding about Wright and Pavano for God’s sake and for you Cashman lovers he’s won once in nine yrs each year with the highest payroll in a sport where it really matters. If you think it was genius signing Tex for 182m and cc for 161, please, it didn’t take skill do do that and in total spent 1/2 billion to improve. Isiah Thomas could have done that.

        • Benjamin Kabak

          Which team won the most regular season games from 2000-2009? Criticizing the Yanks for making the players nine out of ten years, winning two World Series and losing another two, I think your view of baseball is a little bit screwy. Cashman didn’t always make the best choices or invest as wisely as he could have. However, the Yanks played in four World Series this decade and won the division every year but two. If you still think Cashman’s a bad GM, I can’t help you there.

        • Tom Zig

          Isiah Thomas wouldn’t have been able to get Nick Swisher for spare parts.

        • ROBTEN


          So, a post that calls Cashman an idiot, implies the Yankees bought the championship, makes reference to the Knicks so as to attract the attention of certain frequent posters…

          I’m thinking this is our poster (SFW)

    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Tell us your thoughts on begonias.

  • Tom Zig

    Didn’t the Kei-man have some ridiculous pre-start workout?

  • The Three Amigos

    Cashman should have hung Towers out to dry when he was claimed the first time and let him have him for nothing.

  • AJ

    Maybe they can make Igawa responsible for the Kennedy assassination.

  • AJ

    Can someone explain the “options” rule to me? This player is out of options, etc. Teams don’t call up players until a certain date to not “start the clock on his salary”, ex.: Tommy Hanson in Atlanta. Is there a link to all this information?

  • Tommy S

    This post is the top story on right now.

  • Bo

    They should have traded him to the NL in the 3 yrs ago when they had the chance.

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