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Kei Igawa | Starting Pitcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 212
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Kei Igawa has agreed to a two-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.
The contract is worth about $2.5 million. Igawa failed to meet the hype after landing a $20 million contract from the Yankees in 2006, registering a disappointing 6.66 ERA and 4.6 BB/9 in 70-plus career MLB innings. Wed, Mar 28, 2012 11:49:00 PM

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Kei Igawa is headed back to Japan in the aftermath of the earthquakes and tsunamis in his homeland.

The good news is that Igawa has heard from his family and they're OK, but he understandably still wants to go see them. The left-hander will be given as much time as he needs.
Sat, Mar 12, 2011 12:23:00 PM

Kei Igawa has been excused from Yankees camp following the Japan earthquakes and tsunamis.

A tsunami hit directly in Igawa's hometown and he was understandably having trouble focusing in camp Friday. He has not been able to contact his family because communication services in the area are down. The Yanks are going to give him as much time as he needs.
Fri, Mar 11, 2011 12:43:00 PM

The Yankees plan to use Kei Igawa exclusively as a left-handed reliever in camp and possibly the minor leagues.

Not a bad gig for $20 million. The Igawa contract remains a tremendous financial blunder, but it's worth seeing what he can do as a left-handed specialist. He pitched to a .200 batting average against left-handed hitters last season at Triple-A Scranton, inducing groundballs at a rate of 40.6 percent. We're not optimistic about his overall chances for success, but it could make for an interesting experiment.
Tue, Feb 23, 2010 02:12:00 PM

Yankees reassigned LHP Kei Igawa to minor league camp.

Igawa, who is essentially showcasing himself for other teams at this point, had a 0.73 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. The Yankees would have to pick up most of the $12 million he's still owed for another team to take a chance on him.
Mon, Mar 23, 2009 05:35:00 PM

Kei Igawa was perfect for two innings in relief Tuesday against the Reds.

Igawa has allowed two hits, walked none and struck out four in five scoreless innings. If he keeps it up, perhaps some team will be willing to take on a portion of his deal by the end of the spring. The Yankees clearly have no use for him at this point. It's highly unlikely to happen, but Igawa to the Jays for Scott Rolen would make some sense.
Tue, Mar 10, 2009 10:56:00 PM

Yankees sent LHP Kei Igawa outright to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Igawa came available for free with the Yankees needing to clear a 40-man roster spot, but no one chose to take on the approx. $13.4 million he is owed through 2011.
Sat, Jul 26, 2008 05:33:00 PM

Yankees optioned LHP Kei Igawa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Igawa returns to the minors after throwing one scoreless inning on Friday.
Sat, Jun 28, 2008 04:41:00 PM

Yankees recalled LHP Kei Igawa from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Igawa will be able to give the Yankees length if they need it tonight. We can't imagine they'll keep him in their pen for long.
Fri, Jun 27, 2008 07:30:00 PM

Yankees optioned LHP Kei Igawa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Igawa made just one start for the Yankees, allowing six runs and 11 hits in three innings against the Tigers. It was a tough start for someone who hadn't been very impressive in Triple-A.
Thu, May 15, 2008 02:15:00 PM

The Yankees appear to be sticking with Kei Igawa for Wednesday's start against the Rays in St. Petersburg.

"I don't have any news that someone else is starting," manager Joe Girardi said Saturday. "That's our plan." Girardi said he and GM Brian Cashman had not discussed any alternative options. The New York Daily News suggests the Yankees could call up Double-A pitchers Chase Wright, who's 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA, or Dan McCutchen who's 4-2 with a 2.15 ERA.
Sun, May 11, 2008 10:41:00 AM

In his first major league start this season, Kei Igawa got shelled for 11 hits and six earned runs over three innings.

Igawa wasn't great at Triple-A, so it was a scary situation heading into tonight. The Yankees' fears were realized early as the Tigers tacked on five runs during the third and fourth innings. If the Yankees are forced to use Igawa again, it'll be against the Rays. No matter the situation, he should not be owned in any fantasy league.
Fri, May 9, 2008 10:56:00 PM

According to manager Joe Girardi, Kei Igawa is a near-lock to start Friday against the Tigers.

Igawa has been mediocre at Triple-A and facing the Tigers is a tough welcome back to the majors. He's not a worthwhile fantasy option.
Source: Newsday
Tue, May 6, 2008 06:52:00 PM

Kei Igawa, who is expected to make his next start for the Yankees, gave up four runs in seven innings Sunday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Igawa has a 5.25 ERA in his last four starts, so he's definitely not going to be an option in AL-only leagues right away. Overall, he's 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 33 H and 40/12 K/BB in 39 2/3 innings in the International League.
Mon, May 5, 2008 03:47:00 AM

Kei Igawa retired all 18 hitters he faced, striking out seven of them, Thursday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Yeah, Kei Igawa. He threw 60 pitches, 44 for strikes. The Yankees intend to call up a long reliever at some point in the near future, and Igawa could be the choice if he keeps this up.
Fri, Apr 4, 2008 03:57:00 AM

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