Making Progress With Kei Igawa

It seems very likely that the Yankees will sign Kei Igawa to serve as their fifth starter.  According to Igawa’s agent Arn Tellem:

"We are making good progress.  However, I do not anticipate reaching a deal this week."

The two parties still have nearly two weeks left to negotiate.  Igawa cost a hefty $26MM posting fee.  The AL East has recruited all the major Japanese talent this year, with Matsuzaka, Igawa, Iwamura, and Okajima all ending up in the division.  The inevitable Matsuzaka/Igawa pitching matchup should be a fun one.

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