From The Daily Yomiuri -
The New York Yankees and Kei Igawa both played second fiddle in the posting sweepstakes. Igawa, though, got a first-rate deal it was learned on Monday, agreeing to a five-year, 20 million dollars contract with the Bronx Bombers.
The Yanks earned the right to negotiate with Igawa in late November and wasted little time getting the southpaw in pinstripes.
The deal for the 27-year-old, who was 14-9 this past season with a 2.97 ERA for the Hanshin Tigers, also includes incentives.
Negotiations were smooth thanks Igawa’s agent, Arn Tellem, who has strong ties with the Yankees. Talks opened on Nov. 29 and Tellem made it clear that Igawa wanted a long-term deal.
I expect him to wear # 29 in New York.
Let’s hope he’s more like Catfish Hunter than he is Bob Shirley – two other # 29′s for the Yankees.