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Igawa Removed from Yanks' 40-man Roster

by Patrick Newman (Jul 26, 2008)

Looks like Kei Igawa was pushed off the Yankee's 40-man roster after the team acquired Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady. He cleared waivers unclaimed.

Nikkan Sports has a quote from Igawa:

"I was told by my agent that this increases my chance of playing for a different team. I have absolutely no interest in going back to Japan. I want to deal with this in the minors and seize my opportunity to reach the Majors in America."

I hope the Yankees do find a way to move Igawa to a different team. It seems clear that he'll never thrive in NYC, but if he had a chance to move to an NL team in a good pitcher's park, he might do alright.

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