Watching a clip of Kei Igawa pitch, today, I saw something. His size, handedness, motion, and “stuff” reminded me of another pitcher.
And, that other pitcher is Bob Ojeda.
(I wonder how many people remember that Ojeda ended his career as a member of the Yankees?)
This matches up with what I wrote last night with respect to expectations on Igawa.
He can be a good third-or-fourth starter in a rotation. He can give you 30 starts. He can come close to 200 IP. And, he should win around 13 games in a season. On a great team, with luck, it could be as high as 18 wins. But, with less than good luck, he might be a 10-game winner as well.
The 2007 Yankees can use a pitcher who fits this model.
However, I would imagine that such a pitcher can get “old” in a hurry. Therefore, when they sign him, the Yankees should be thinking “3-year deal and no more” – just to be on the safe side.