RotoWire Partners
RotoWire Blogs
All Sports
Recent Comments
Featured Bloggers
Chris Liss
Jeff Erickson
Dalton Del Don
Andre' Snellings
Erik Siegrist
Jason Thornbury
Peter Schoenke
About RSS
More info
Baseball Commissioner
Fantasy Football News
Fantasy Football Draft Kit
Fantasy Football Magazine
Football Draft Software
Fantasy Baseball News
Draft Kit
Draft Software
Email Reports
Email Preferences Fantasy Baseball Blog
Search All of Blogs:

BlogsAll Sports   Baseball   Football   Basketball   Hockey   Golf  

The O-Zone: Igawa and Karstens
Posted by Joe Oberkrieser at 3/20/2007 1:55:00 PM
View more posts by this author


According to recent reports, the Yankees might ship Kei Igawa to the minors to begin the season. If they do, Jeffrey Karstens would crack New Yorkís rotation.

This news surprised me, but I wouldnít go tearing up my cheat sheets just yet. A couple of things:

1. If Karstens does win a big-league job, itís unlikely heíll be able to hold it for long. Last year in Triple-A, Karstens had just a 48/30 K/BB in 73 2/3 innings. Nothing special there. He wasnít great with the big-league squad last season, either. His control was good -- 11 walks in 42 2/3 innings -- but he struck out just 16, gave up six home runs and yielded a ton of fly balls (0.67 G/F).

Karstens flashed some fine skill in Single-A and Double-A, so the 24-year-old does have potential. He just doesnít seem ready for prime time yet.

2. The Yankees paid $26 million just for the right to talk to Igawa. $26 million! Then they signed him to a five-year, $20 million contract.

You donít throw money like that at a player, then have him spend significant time in Scranton. Donít expect Igawa to be down on the farm for long, if at all.

You must be logged in to post a comment. Click here to log in or register with