Igawa could potentially be one of the worst free agent signings ever – in Mike Hampton territory. Dare we say another Carl Pavano? At least Hampton did have stretches of decent production after he left Colorado. Igawa, on the other hand, might never be better than what he is now: a AAA pitcher with an attitude who is at best a back end starter on a second division team, possible long man or innings eater out of the pen and an insurance policy for the major league club. Cashman has another 4.5 years and $45M committed to Igawa! The Yankees chose not to use his Japan consultants, who have told him to walk away from Igawa. The consultants knew about the Igawa hold-out in spring training 2005 in Japan, and how Igawa’s manager slapped him for not playing during spring training after the team had won the NPB championship. Igawa then laid down that year and wasn’t productive at all. Important information that is interpreted through consulting and difficult to put on scouting reports. Previous reports on Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui, Iguchi, etc were handled in a different manner by the Yankees, and proved beneficial to their bottom line.
I wonder who those consultants were? I do have an idea.
In any event, Iwaga went five tonight – throwing 115 pitches – and was in trouble every inning. Scooby Hughes, where are you!
Thanks to homers from Mat-Can-Rod and some good pen work from Proc-Viz-Mo, along with a clutch hit from Andy “Little Engine” Phillips in the 6th, the Yankees survived Igawa and get a big win…big in the fact that they’re now two games over .500…and it’s been a long time since they’ve seen that mark this season.
Feels good, huh?