Yesterday the Yankees claimed Ryota Igarashi off waivers – a pitcher whom the Mets lost interest in and both the Pirates and Blue Jays have cut already this season. Not very promising.
However, Yankees GM Brian Cashman is dealing with a team that has already lost Mariano Rivera, Joba Chamberlain, Cesar Cabral, and currently has David Robertson on the shelf. The point is – you never have enough pitching. So the Yankees grabbed Igarashi up yesterday.
It’s not simply just about having another arm around – the Yankee think Igarashi has improved both his repertoire and his velocity.
“He’s added a cutter and his velocity has jumped,” Cashman told George King of the NY Post. “He gives us more bullpen depth in the organization.”
Indeed, the cutter is a pitch that Igarashi has never really thrown before and his velocity, in his brief time with the Blue Jays, has gone up to where he is sitting around 94-95 and can go even higher on occasion. This is the kind of small, incremental move that Cashman has become so adept at. Maybe he see’s something in him that his last three teams did not and they can strike Cory Wade all over again.