ESPN reported late last night (early this morning) that the New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to a contract with their own Japanese star pitcher Kei Igawa. Igawa should get $20MM (plus incentives) over 5 years according to the report and should fill the Yankees’ fifth starter position in their rotation. That added to the $26MM the Yankees paid for Igawa’a posting fee brings his total cost to $46MM, more than $65MM less than Matsusaka of the Red Sox could cost (if all of Dice-K’s incentives are met).
With Igawa, the Yankees’ rotation is currently looking to shape up with Johnson, Mussina, Wang, Pettitte (pending his physical), and now Igawa. There is still talks of Johnson being traded to make room for either Clemens, Pavano, or even Hughes.
By Adam Howe of Game Four