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Well, it appears as though the luster has worn off Kei Igawa, or at least that's what this report from the Associated Press would have you believe. According to the article, Jeff Karstens may have pitched his way into the Yanks' rotation, and Igawa may have earned an open-ended ticket to Columbus.

This news, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad. Yes, it would be nice if Igawa could've come over here and stepped right into the rotation. Yes, the Yanks paid a lot of money to bring him over here. No, this isn't the end of the world. In fact, it's a good sign that shipping him to Columbus is even an option. The Yanks are looking to get their best 25 men on the roster, regardless of how much they make.

In other good news (with possible bad news implications), all signs are pointing toward Bobby Abreu being ready for opening day. He's playing tonight against the Phillies for the first time since pulling an oblique muscle a couple of weeks ago. Abreu is important to this team, and having him in the lineup is huge, but I was kind of looking forward to extended playing time for Melky early in the year. It would've given him a chance to show Torre that he deserves to be out there every day, and forced him to consider Matsui at 1b or DH.

by Brian on Mar 20 2007
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