At 2 p.m. today Kei Igawa was pulled back from waivers by the New York Yankees. The San Diego Padres had placed a waiver claim on Igawa and the two teams had until 2 p.m. today to complete a deal. The Yankees had 3 options "the Yankees could have simply handed the pitcher (and what is left of his five-year, $20 million contract) to the Padres; the Padres and Yankees could have worked out a trade, which they talked about in July and continued to discuss over the weekend; or the Yankees had the option of withdrawing Igawa from waivers. The Yankees chose the latter option, in the hopes of rebuilding Igawa for the 2008 season" this according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
I just don’t see what the Yankees and Cash see in this guy. From what I have seen, the only thing he has going for him is that he is a lefty. He doesn’t throw hard, he doesn’t posses pinpoint accuracy, he throws up in the zone with mediocre speed, he is not efficient and hangs a ton of breaking balls. Barring any injuries next seasons rotation is pretty much sewn up, where do they think this guy is going to help? Chime in gentlemen because I am darn curious.