The Yankees’ controversial posting bid of $25 million for Kei Igawa is the main topic of discussion for WFAN’s Mike & The Mad Dog today, with the hosts expressing great skepticism about the relative worth of the Hashin Tigers’ left-hander.
“You don’t know what you’re getting with these Japanese players,” warned Mike Francesca (as opposed to say, All-Americans like Carl Pavano). After one caller opined that Igawa was a poor option compared to Ted Lilly, Francesca surmised “so he’s more like Kaz Ishii than (Chien Ming) Wang”.
Wang was born in Taiwan. Igawa might also have more in common with Horacio Ramirez than he does with Barry Zito.