Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Igawa showed little improvement over the course of this year at any level of play, but especially at the MLB level. He went seven straight starts giving up at least two earned runs, and walking one. The Yankees have a lot of young pitching and really do not need him now, despite his big contract. He got some interest from other teams at the deadline, but nothing was followed through upon. The Red Sox, Padres, Dodgers, and Rangers were all interested, and something could go through this off season. If the Yankees are willing to take most of his salary, they could probably get a two low level prospects. The Red Sox were said to be interested so Igawa would be more comfortable with Matsuzaka and Okajima on his side. The Padres were interested because they think a switch to the NL in front of good defense would improve his numbers. I don't see the Red Sox making another push for him, but I do see the Padres looking to improve their pitching and would probably not have a problem taking a risk on him. Igawa was 2-3 with a 6.25 ERA and 53 K, but many think he is capable of hanging around a 4.00 ERA and getting 10+ wins.
Written by ELI at 7:27 AM