• Kei Igawa 2009

    Posted by on November 19th, 2008 · Comments (15)

    Kei Igawa is Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman’s albatross imported from the Land of the Rising Sun. While Igawa has shown an ability to handle Triple-A batters, in the Yankees scheme, he’s at the bottom of the ocean looking up at Luca Brasi. His best bet at this stage is a trade to another organization. But, is Brian Cashman finally willing to lose face on this one and let Igawa go?

    Comments on Kei Igawa 2009

    1. November 19th, 2008 | 9:10 am

      But, is Brian Cashman finally willing to lose face on this one and let Igawa go?

      Really, who cares though? If Igawa’s just pitching at AAA and not hurting anyone, what’s the big deal if he sticks around? If the Yanks feel that would be a better use of $4M than getting nothing back in return, so be it.

    2. November 19th, 2008 | 9:33 am

      Every start he makes at AAA is one less available for a prospect who someday may actually help the Yankees, no?

    3. MJ
      November 19th, 2008 | 9:46 am

      Every start he makes at AAA is one less available for a prospect who someday may actually help the Yankees, no?
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      I think that’s overstating things just a bit. Can you point to anyone who could’ve benefitted from AAA starts last year but couldn’t get them because Igawa was taking up a roster spot? Is there anyone you see this year as having that same obstacle?

    4. November 19th, 2008 | 10:14 am

      I’m not talking about last year – more so, the years to come.

      And, it’s just not prospects – it could be a rehab/recovery type project guy. Igawa tying up a roster spot and taking a turn makes it harder to squeeze those guys into Triple-A.

      Let me put it this way: What value, to the Yankees, does Igawa add by taking every 5th start in AAA? There’s none. So, why let it happen?

    5. MJ
      November 19th, 2008 | 10:18 am

      And, it’s just not prospects – it could be a rehab/recovery type project guy. Igawa tying up a roster spot and taking a turn makes it harder to squeeze those guys into Triple-A.
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      So they skip him for a start, or use him in relief if it ever comes down to it?

      Really, I think you’re confusing the AAA roster for the ML roster. You can use the minors in any creative way you want for filler-type guys like Igawa.

      As Ben K. said above, “[i]f the Yanks feel that would be a better use of $4M than getting nothing back in return, so be it.”

    6. November 19th, 2008 | 10:26 am

      Well, if Cashman had traded him to the M’s or Pods, when he had the chance, that $4 mill would not be part of the question.

    7. Raf
      November 19th, 2008 | 10:26 am

      And, it’s just not prospects – it could be a rehab/recovery type project guy. Igawa tying up a roster spot and taking a turn makes it harder to squeeze those guys into Triple-A.
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      Not really. Igawa was there last year, and Sidney Ponson & Victor Zambrano were able to make starts. He was there last year and the organization was still able to give Colter Bean(!) & Runelvys Hernandez starts.

    8. Raf
      November 19th, 2008 | 10:32 am

      er, the year before…

    9. AndrewYF
      November 19th, 2008 | 10:34 am

      It was reported, by some, that *maybe* the Padres or Cardinals or whomever *may* have had a *slight* interest in Igawa.

      Burying Cashman because you think he should have made a trade that probably didn’t even exist is intellectually dishonest.

    10. MJ
      November 19th, 2008 | 10:38 am

      Well, if Cashman had traded him to the M’s or Pods, when he had the chance, that $4 mill would not be part of the question.
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      My understanding was always that the Yanks were being asked to pay Igawa’s salary as part of the trade. Why pay Igawa money to pitch elsewhere when he can just stay in the system for the same money?

    11. butchie22
      November 19th, 2008 | 11:13 am

      Mmmm, I don’t think that the Pads wanted money, the cheap 4 mill salary was attractive enough in that bloody case. They have to get rid of Igawa if they still can. He has made Pavano look like a relative success! Why pay someone to pitch in AAA for 4 mill? It makes no sense, he needs to be thrown out…..ASAP. BTW, Igawa is no longer a filler guy BECAUSE he can’t pitch effectively in any fashion in the majors. Ponson or Pavano are fillers, Igawa doesn’t even rise to the level of a AAAA player.

    12. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      November 19th, 2008 | 11:22 am

      Igawa is at AAA to eventually, hopefully, cross fingers and toes and knock wood, interest someone in making a deal that makes sense for both teams.

      If it doesn’t happen, maybe he asks to be released to return to Japan, or he just stays there, where contrary to what Steve is claiming, no one’s development is effectively hurt, let alone halted.

      You know though, a question might be: Where do you rank Igawa in terms of the major league rotation? What would have to happen for Igawa to be given another chance?

    13. Raf
      November 19th, 2008 | 11:27 am

      If it doesn’t happen, maybe he asks to be released to return to Japan
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      I remember reading that he asked, and was denied. That was a Jayson Stark article. An article in the NYT mentions that he denies that rumor and has every intention of fulfilling his contractual obligation.

    14. Raf
      November 19th, 2008 | 11:31 am

      What would have to happen for Igawa to be given another chance?
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      He’ll have to be lights out @ AAA in order for him to get a call, or the Yankees’ pitching staff will have to suffer a ridiculous number of injuries.

      BTW, Yankees pitching prospects…
      http://tinyurl.com/5ndpkl

    15. butchie22
      November 19th, 2008 | 1:38 pm

      Another chance? Even Leo Mazzone couldn’t turn around that mess! Hopefully the Yanks can sell him back to Japan, like Rasner.

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