November 29, 2006
Igawa, From My Eyes Only
Watching a clip of Kei Igawa pitch, today, I saw something. His size, handedness, motion, and "stuff" reminded me of another pitcher.
And, that other pitcher is Bob Ojeda.
(I wonder how many people remember that Ojeda ended his career as a member of the Yankees?)
This matches up with what I wrote last night with respect to expectations on Igawa.
He can be a good third-or-fourth starter in a rotation. He can give you 30 starts. He can come close to 200 IP. And, he should win around 13 games in a season. On a great team, with luck, it could be as high as 18 wins. But, with less than good luck, he might be a 10-game winner as well.
The 2007 Yankees can use a pitcher who fits this model.
However, I would imagine that such a pitcher can get "old" in a hurry. Therefore, when they sign him, the Yankees should be thinking "3-year deal and no more" - just to be on the safe side.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 29, 2006 12:27 PM
I thought Ojeda had ended his career on a boat. I didn't know he came back after that. Definitely a suprise - even bigger knowing he pitched his last 3 innings in pinstripes. The other thing I had forgotten was how good Ojeda was, quickly scanning through the link (hat tip to Steve Lombardi from WasWatching) I didn't know how good he was compared to league average. I hope he's like Ojeda, that would definitely make him worthy any posting fee and definitely better than what Big Bird has given us the last two years.
He came back with the Indians, then he pitched for the Yanks briefly. I believe he initially took Kamie's spot in the rotation. Didn't last too long, tho'
I think his last game was against the M's. IIRC the Yanks started the season on the west coast that year.
I don't think even Bob Ojeda knows he ended his career with the Yankees:)