Every year at this time, so-called experts and curious fans ask two things about Kei Igawa: 1) Is he still on the team; and 2) Can Kei Igawa be the Yankees 5th starter? Igawa, who Brian Cashman paid $46 million dollars to acquire, was last seen in the big leagues in 2008, and is not even on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees couldn’t even give him away- in fact, no other team wants Igawa. In 13 career major league starts, Igawa went 1-4 with a 7.41 ERA. If you include his relief appearances, his ERA is an apt 6.66. I check on Igawa all the time, and he seems to enjoy the two great cities of Scranton and Tampa.
Igawa just kinda shows up for minor league games, and blogs for his Japanese fans. No one actually knows if he’s supposed to show up to work or not and rumor is that he will continue to report to duty even after his contract is over. (Just kidding.)
Peter Gammons seems to think it’s because former pitching coach Ron Guidry ruined him (Gammons said the same thing about Chien-Ming Wang), but Igawa was done way before the Yankees tried to fix him. Igawa was always afraid of American hitters and lacked the steel nerves he was hyped as having. The man had no control.
Brian Cashman tried to temper out expectations when Igawa was first signed by saying Igawa would be a 4th or 5th starter in the American League. [The obvious question which my grandmother asked me back then was why pay some idiot $46 million as opposed to giving a AAA pitcher like...oh...Ross Ohlendorf or Tyler Clippard a real chance to start?] Turns out Cashman was dead wrong; Igawa is actually banned from starting another game for the Yankees. Romulo Sanchez has a better shot to be in the 2011 Yankees rotation. Gosh, Mark Prior has a better shot.
Rumormill is that Brian Cashman will fire any of his office employees for even mentioning Kei Igawa’s name.
Any wanna-be expert who thinks Cashman will give Igawa another chance to start needs to change his marijuana pipe.
Kei Igawa sucks. He’s a clown. Why does Kei Igawa suck?
Well, besides having no idea how to pitch in the big leagues…actually there is nothing else to say besides Kei Igawa sucks. Kei Igawa makes Hideki Irabu look like Nolan Ryan. You would think after the Irabu scandal, Cashman would stop going East.
$46 million on Igawa and $40 million on Carl Pavano, yet Cashman pinched pennies with Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Derek Jeter, and everyone else.
Can’t wait when Cashman “moves on” and becomes General Manager of the White Sox.
Okay, so with Andy Pettitte retiring and the Yankees only having one legit “sure thing” starting pitcher in the rotation (CC Sabathia), it’s time to list the players that either snubbed Cashman or weren’t even contacted by him:
Jorge De La Rosa
Not to mention a bunch of names from the 2011 Free Agent List.
Also, one would think Jesus Montero and Joba Chamberlain could be traded for an elite starter.
- Hideki Irabu Arrested
- Kei Igawa looking for fresh start
- Yankees Let Andrew Brackman Become a Free Agent
- K-Igawa Gets Ripped by MEDIA
- 2011 A.J. Burnett is Actually Having a Better Year than 2010 AJ
- Andy Pettitte signs with Yankees finally
- Cashman Forced to Talk About Igawa; Japan Quake Killed Albaladejo?
- Worst Yankees Pitchers: Overpaid Busts, Chokers, Goats: Where Does A.J. Burnett Rank?
- Melky Cabrera, Hideki Matsui, and Johnny Damon Reconsidered
- Game 37: Igawa Mauled by Tigers
- 2010 Yankees Trade Rumors and Free Agent Signings
- Dice-K Sucks
- Brian Cashman Calls Joe Torre’s Book Garbage
- Edwar Ramirez and Kei Igawa together again
- 2009-2010 Yankees Free Agents
- Yanks Cut Wang
- Where Was Brian Cashman This PostSeason?
- Yankees Extend CC Sabathia 5-year $122-million deal
- Cashman Trades Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, Signs Hiroki Kuroda
- Yu Darvish Scouting Report 2011-2012