NEW YORK -- After missing out on star Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka earlier this month, the Yankees made sure not to let history repeat itself when Kei Igawa became available via the posting system.
Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday night that the Yankees had won the rights to the Japanese left-hander, who has pitched the past eight seasons for the Hanshin Tigers.
Published reports put the winning bid between $25-$26 million, which is roughly half of the $51.1 million it cost the Red Sox to acquire the rights to Matsuzaka. The Yankees would only pay Hanshin if they sign Igawa to a contract.
Hmm. This guy was not even on anyone's radar when the post season ended. It was all about Matsuzaka. I hope he's decent. At least he's a lefty and he's cheaper than Matsuzaka. It should be fun when the two go up against each other.Read more...