With no fifth starter necessary until August, when Phil Hughes will presumably be ready to assume his rightful position in the lineup, and with Joba Chamberlain in the wings, is it possible that last night was the last we’ve seen of Iggy Igawa? That $26 million post fee just might be a sunken cost. The good news is that at 4 million a year through 2011, Igawa is cheap and might become an attractive chit if he can be show some sign that he will develop into an adequate back-of-the rotation NL starter or long man. With the emergence of Hughes, Chamberlain, and Kennedy, and with Pettitte, Wang, and Moose already signed for next year, there’s not a whole lot of room left in the back of the rotation—though we saw how well the Yankee surplus of young pitching worked out early this year. Any takers?
Update: I should note that it’s too bad Igawa hasn’t been able to find his command, because even a moderate amount of success would have made him one of the better stories of the year. The guy’s a total kook. When things are going well (for team and player), that kind of thing is great for a team, and for the fans. But when everyone’s doing poorly, what might otherwise be perceived as endearing somehow becomes just the opposite, and all of a sudden a man’s quirks are the reason he’s not performing. I hate to see that.