My Bad! The $46 Million Mistake

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.

18 comments… add one
  • Yes.
    Let’s make this clear: Igawa has been a far bigger disaster than Irabu, who was a disaster. Igawa has shown basically nothing. Even during his very good start against the Sox, Sox hitters basically said that he was lucky and had gotten away with a lot of bad pitches. Igawa has been spectacularly bad, looking like a career minor leaguer. The scouts who thought he could match up with major league hitters need to be held accountable.

    Nick-YF July 27, 2007, 10:20 am
  • Iga-waste!!!
    If the Yankees want to make a push they need to demote/cut him ASAP! He can’t be our #5, he gets you no length and has the offense fighting uphill battles constantly. Cashman made a huge mistake here and he said he would take the blame for it, so don’t make it worse Cash let’s cut our losses!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 27, 2007, 10:43 am
  • Actually that game against Boston was a relief appearance :p

    TJ July 27, 2007, 10:50 am
  • Of Course he pitches the game we can’t get a runner across the plate.

    Westboro - YF July 27, 2007, 11:22 am
  • Reminds me of when I was a kid, my friend got a DiamonBack BMX, so I got a Huffy, I never won a damn thing on that Huffy.

    LocklandSF July 27, 2007, 12:13 pm
  • So when does the suspended game start up today?

    Devine July 27, 2007, 12:19 pm
  • 7pm I Think

    Anonymous July 27, 2007, 12:48 pm
  • Anon wasn’t me. But here’s from the NYT:
    WHERE THEY LEFT OFF The Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles will resume their suspended game from June 28 on Friday at 7:05 p.m., before their regularly scheduled game at Camden Yards. The Yankees lead, 8-6, with two outs in the eighth inning, Derek Jeter on second and Hideki Matsui batting against Chris Ray.
    The Orioles will have to make several changes, because third baseman Melvin Mora had just been ejected from the game, and Ray has subsequently gone on the disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow. Mora is also on the disabled list.
    Mike Myers is the pitcher of record for the Yankees, having retired the last batter of the seventh inning after relieving Luis Vizcaíno. Joe Torre said he did not know if Myers would still be pitching when the Orioles bat in the bottom of the eighth — the left-handed Nick Markakis is due up — but Myers said he would rather not know all the roster machinations.
    “It’s too confusing,” Myers said. “Just tell us who’s in. There are too many scenarios that can happen, because the rosters have changed.”
    José Molina, Shelley Duncan and Sean Henn were not on the Yankees’ roster on June 28, but they are eligible to play in the suspended game.

    Lar July 27, 2007, 1:01 pm
  • It’s kinda hilarious to imagine Meyers’ mind being blown away by “too many scenarios…”

    walein July 27, 2007, 1:35 pm
  • If the Yankees add to their lead in the top of the inning, Joe will likely leave Myers in. If they don’t, I bet Viz pitches the 8th and Mo pitches the 9th. They are six outs from a win, and wins are pretty critical right now.

    yankees76 July 27, 2007, 2:55 pm
  • As for Igawa, I really hope some NL team thinks he is worth something. And, he actually might be alright in the NL. It’s hard to imagine how this signing could have worked out any worse. Of course, the Yankees didn’t score any runs last night, Igawa almost got through six, and Bruney let an inherited runner score that was charged to Igawa. He’s basically been pitching well enough to keep the team in the game, but I feel incredibly uncomfortable with him on the mound. Before last night, the Yankees had won his previous three starts. But, take his prior start: two-run HR in the first, two-run HR in the second, then limits his damage the rest of the way through 5IP, and the Yankees win the game. I have no confidence when seeing performances like that again and again, though.

    yankees76 July 27, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • yankees76 – I don’t think Viz can pitch since he had already pitched in that game.

    rootbeerfloat July 27, 2007, 3:00 pm
  • >>>That $26 million post fee just might be a sunken cost.
    So does this mean we never hear again from YFs about the post fee paid for DiceK?

    Hudson July 27, 2007, 5:25 pm
  • You win this battle Hudson…Time will tell on Daisuke though, has he been good? Absolutely. Does your arm only have so many 100+ pitch outings…Si Senor!

    John - YF (Trisk) July 27, 2007, 5:30 pm
  • Iga-waste sent down, Basak called up.

    John - YF (Trisk) July 27, 2007, 5:43 pm
  • Pete Abe hasn’t been doing many statistical comparisons between Igawa and Matsuzaka lately… Wonder why not?

    Paul SF July 27, 2007, 7:11 pm
  • Why the hell are these two innings so nervewracking? God damn.

    AndrewYF July 27, 2007, 7:37 pm
  • Phew.
    Also, I don’t think Irabu was a complete disaster. He was a pretty big part of the ’98 squad, and then after he sucked in ’99, was traded for Ted Lilly and Jake Westbrook.
    Unfortunately, Igawa has not even had a modicum of success, unlike Irabu. However, if Igawa can come up next year and get people out, the Yankees could possibly fleece another team for him, like they did with Hideki. The $4 dollar contract has a very large amount to do with that.

    AndrewYF July 27, 2007, 7:43 pm

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