Salvaging a bad investment


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.

Categories : Asides, Pitching


  1. Dela G says:

    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

  2. Brett Gardner's Quadriceps says:

    Failed starters often become good or great relievers.

  3. JobaWockeeZ says:

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


  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. vin says:

    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.

    • 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 says:

        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 says:

          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.

  6. Christos says:

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

    • 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.

  7. Mike Axisa says:

    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.

  8. What are his numbers versus LHB while wearing shades?

  9. pistol pete says:

    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.

  10. Tom Zig says:

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

  11. The Three Amigos says:

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

  12. AJ says:

    Maybe they can make Igawa responsible for the Kennedy assassination.

  13. AJ says:

    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?

  14. Tommy S says:

    This post is the top story on yesnetwork.com right now.

  15. Bo says:

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

  16. [...] A.J. Burnett hopes to throw his changeup more in 2010, which might help his walk and groundball rates. Meanwhile, Kei Igawa will shift to the bullpen. [...]

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