Padres, Yankees working on Igawa deal
Updated: August 10, 2007, 9:04 PM ETBy Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine
New York Yankees have until 2 p.m. Tuesday to work out a deal for the left-hander. The Yankees paid a $26 million posting fee for Igawa last fall and then signed him to a five-year, $20 million contract. The Padres would be on the hook only for his salary, and none of his posting fee, if they land the left-hander. But it is unlikely that the Yankees will simply give Igawa to the Padres for nothing; the Yankees asked for relief pitching when the two teams discussed a possible deal in July. Although Igawa has been a tremendous disappointment for the Yankees, going 2-3 with a 6.79 ERA, many scouts who tracked him in Japan thought he would be effective as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. One talent evaluator said Friday that he thinks Igawa would fit much better in the NL -- and particularly in San Diego's Petco Park, a place better suited for pitchers. If Igawa rebounds, the Padres would have an experienced starting pitcher for a very moderate salary in the current market, at $4 million per year. Buster Olney is a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine.
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