This guy piques. A lefty reliever, with no posting fee? Sign him up!
My only concern is that his name is Hideki :P
What’s the dollar value for the joy we’ll experience from hearing his former team’s name, the Ham Fighters, mentioned over and over again throughout the season?
Ah, but the team’s name is merely the “Fighters”, with “Nippon Ham” their sponsor. Which is sad, because the idea of a “Ham Fighter” amuses me something fierce, and has ever since I first heard of the team.
I think it’s the “Fighters”, not the “Ham Fighters”. The team is owned by the Nippon Ham company.
Like if Colonial had owned a team called the Sox, they would have been referred to as the Colonial Bacon Sox, but not the Bacon Sox.
He had a terrible career before 2006 (4.75 ERA in ’05) so it looks like a one-hit wonder who wants to get paid off. Igawa has been decent his entire career, and his price tag is consistent with the ebb-and-flow of the market; people need to realize that a reliever is going to command $4-5MM and an ace in the neighborhood of $12-15MM. Baseball is richer than ever and when you got money, you spend it. Teams have very little leverage in contract negotiations when everyone knows they can afford bigger salaries.
Well that’s a bit of a letdown. If I were a GM, this would derail all negotiations, for sure.
Dishonesty doesn’t suit you, zrsahai.
He had a terrible career before 2006 (4.75 ERA in ’05) so it looks like a one-hit wonder who wants to get paid off.
Except for the 681 Ks in 642 career innings, and the five seasons with an ERA below 3.20.
Granted, he has some bad numbers in there, but he also has some pretty good ones. Certainly for a reliever, a career 1.31 WHIP and a 3.36 ERA aren’t too bad — assuming he can get some approximation in the states. Always a big if.
Nevertheless, I approve. If done, it’s certainly no less risky than Julian Tavarez, Kyle Snyder, et al.
That would make the pen:
Backups: Snyder, Gabbard, Hansen, Hansack, etc.
Still kinda need those top two spots filled though.
K’s are nice. But we’ll see. (Read: Lidge. Sigh.)
I do think it seems like a reasonable risk/rewards kind of thing though, so it’s probably a great gamble..
No posting fee just means that he’s a free agent… and it certainly doesn’t mean that he’s good.
I’m a little more guarded on this one than Matsuzaka despite the “savings” of $51m
I’d rather have a solid proven MLB crew in the bullpen, but some are saying it’d be a good move to have a 2nd Japanese speaking player to help Matsuzaka feel more at home.
If this guys any good, so be it, but I’d also support paying a full-time Japanese posse (say 10 pals or gals at $50K/year each) for Matsuzaka if it’d help him feel comfortable and win 20+ games in Boston.
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