From the San Diego Union-Tribune -
The Yankees recently demoted left-handed pitcher Kei Igawa, for whom the Padres bid $10 million last offseason. The Padres view Igawa as a potential “buy-low” acquisition, but the Yankees aren’t making him readily available.
This is all about Cashman wanting to save face on the $26 million posting fee that he paid on Igawa. His contract has 4 years left on it – for $4 million per year. That’s very cheap and there has to be some team willing to roll the dice on that now.
There’s no reason why Cashman can’t move Igawa – other than the fact it’s a white flag move on the acquisition of the player and then Cashman has to admit that the $26 million was money thrown out the window. But, as long as the Yankees keep Igawa, Cashman can dodge the bullet, to an extent, on the question of the wasted posting fee – by claiming that they still expect Igawa to help the team in the future.
Fess up Brian. Admit your mistake here and get rid of Igawa while you still have a chance to save $16 million on the rest of his contract.