Kei Igawa wanted to stay in America

March, 29, 2012
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Word came down last night that Kei Igawa had signed a two-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan. Interestingly, Igawa had hoped to stay in the States to pitch.

"I wanted to play in America," Igawa said, according to Kyodo News agency.

The Yankees didn't want him back after paying a total (including the posting fee) of $46 million for a 2-4 and a 6.66 ERA in 16 major league games. No one else in the major did either.

In the Yankees' minors, Igawa went 36-25 with a 3.83 ERA. Igawa, now 32, finished 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA, starting 10 of 20 games between Double-A and Triple-A. He hadn't pitched in the majors since June 27, 2008.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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