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Igawa among Yankees minor league free agents

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Today Baseball America released it’s annual list of minor league free agents. The Yankees list includes a healthy mix of familiar names, veteran players and borderline prospects.

RHP: Francisco Castillo (Hi A), Noel Castillo (Hi A), Grant Duff (AA), Logan Kensing (AAA), Jeff Marquez (AA), Kelvin Perez (Lo A), Mark Prior (AAA), Josh Schmidt (AA), Kanekoa Texeira (AA), Eric Wordekemper (AAA)
LHP: Wilkins Arias (AA), Steve Garrison (AA), Brad Halsey (AA), Kei Igawa (AA), Jose Quintana (Hi A), Josh Romanski (Hi A)
C: P.J. Pilittere (AAA)
1B: Mike Lamb (AAA)
SS: Doug Bernier (AAA), Luis Nunez (AAA)
OF: Jordan Parraz (AAA)

Obviously there are no huge names here. Guys like Nunez and Romanski might be interested in coming back, while guys like Wordekemper and Schmidt might feel like they’ll get a better look elsewhere.

Garrison and Marquez each spent a little bit of time in New York this season, but neither was viewed as an elite pitching prospect. Being a lefty certainly helps Garrison’s cause for a big league invite this winter.

The most interesting name here is Igawa, who’s contract has finally run its course, freeing the Yankees of a financial commitment that simply never worked out. There’s always seemed to be outside perception that Igawa would like to go back to Japan, but I’ve been around the guy a lot and fully believe that he wants to stay in the states. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign a minor league deal this offseason, though I’d be shocked if that minor league deal came with the Yankees.

A few other familiar names on the list:

1B Juan Miranda was granted free agency from the Diamondbacks. He quickly lost his grip on Arizona’s everyday big league job this season and wound up back in the minors and off the 40-man… RHP Jhonny Nunez became a free agent from the White Sox. The Yankees sent him to Chicago in the Nick Swisher trade… OF Bronson Sardinha is a free agent after playing this season in Double-A with the Rockies. I’m honestly not sure that I knew he was still playing… LHP Chase Wright was given free agency from the Brewers… RHPs Anthony Claggett and Steven Jackson are no longer in the Pirates organization. They both got a little bit of big league time with the Ynakees in ’09, though Jackson never got in a game… 2B Eric Duncan is a free agent after a pretty good year with the Cardinals in Double-A. Since leaving the Yankees, Duncan has become a kind of utility man, playing a lot of second, which he never did with the Yankees… Always interesting to see names like Jeff Clement, Andy Marte and Josh Barfield on this list. Those used to be fairly significant prospects. Now they’re looking for minor league contracts.





17 Responses to “Igawa among Yankees minor league free agents”

  1. MTU November 4th, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    The upper levels of the Yankkes farm system is bursting with talent.

    They are gonna have to start thinning out the herd soon or risk losing some of their guys to the rule 5.

  2. MTU November 4th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    sp: That’s Yankees not Yankkes. sorry.

  3. kd November 4th, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    was just watching mlb network and reyes no likely to sign with mets. think the red sox add another 100 million contract for a speed guy?

  4. PittsburghYankeeFan November 4th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Free Kei! Free Kei!

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    kd, I’m thinking no because Cherington said at his press conference that they were very happy with Scutaro. And the proceded to pick up his option. I also think that since they ended up burned last year with big acquisitions, they are going to be sensitive to any big signings and the PR it might bring. They are in an ugly position. :)


  6. kd November 4th, 2011 at 6:42 pm


    i view scutro as in the same light as the cf we had before we signed damon, filler just in case. they know he’s not a championship quality player. i don;t see how they stand pat. they’ve been missing a reliable player at ss since nomar.

    they’ve got to know that igleseas is not the answer, he can’t hit a lick in the minors.

  7. Red Robin November 4th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    ” The upper levels of the Yankkes farm system is bursting with talent. ”

    Correct me if I am wrong .

    We Yankees fan have been saying that for years . Yet, season after season (and after season after season), we’d still end up relying on guys from the garbage bin in the likes of Colon, Garcia, Ponson, Rasner, etc.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Rasner wears pinstripes next year, too .

    Sad .

    The Truth hurts .

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue November 4th, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    kd – you might end up being right on this one. You can’t always count on what is said at the moment. I think that if they hadn’t had the Titanic Collapse (also known as the greatest collapsed in the history of the game of baseball – oh God how I love the sound of that) they might be much less deliberate in all of the moves they make. I know the acquisition of players has been discussed on EEI and at least part of the thinking is that they are going to stay away from a big splash because fans are so distrustful of everything they are doing now that if they do it and it ends up being a Crawfordesque year, fans might decide to bail on them for good.

    It’s going to be an interesting watch, that’s for sure. I still have them bringing up the basement next year. :)

    Can’t stand Schilling generally but I do enjoy him when he’s trashing or downgrading them, that’s for sure.

    Gonna venture out into the cold (truly cold and windy) November night to see about upgrading my deficient cellphone!

    Talk to you later.

  9. Triple Short of a Cycle November 4th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    We Yankees fan have been saying that for years . Yet, season after season (and after season after season), we’d still end up relying on guys from the garbage bin in the likes of Colon, Garcia, Ponson, Rasner, etc.


    Nova says Hi

  10. blake November 4th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Red Robin is sad…….

  11. blake November 4th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Its bad enough to troll during the season…..but on a Friday night in November?

  12. blake November 4th, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Thome signed with the Phillies.

  13. m November 4th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    That was a short reunion for Thome & the Indians. Apparently, he hasn’t played the field since 2007. So, that means he’ll cover for Howard, and then DH/PH after that? A good move for him since it puts him on a winning team, but he might not get that many at-bats over the course of the season.

  14. blake November 4th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Thome is a little bit of insurance at 1B…..but I would guess they’ll still look for a 1B to play until Howard gets back.

  15. blake November 4th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Harper’s swing is very good….just tons of bat speed. He’s tearing up the AFL

  16. GreenBeret7 November 4th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    Noesi, through 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts. 8 groundouts, 1 flyout

  17. tucker November 4th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Harper is going to be a special player. It will be interesting to see if the Nationals throw big money after Pujols or Fielder.

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