Friday, October 21, 2011

Iggy first casualty of bullpen makeover

Photo by Michael Baron
Sandy Alderson said the bullpen would be a point of focus this off-season and the first player move made was to release reliever Ryota Igarashi.

Igarashi just completed a two year deal worth 3M but due to a clause in the deal he became a free agent at the end of the contract despite not having the service time.

Over the past two years he made 79 appearances with a 5.74 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  For me he was frustrating because at times he showed flashes that he could be a dominant major league reliever but he never seemed to put it all together. 

There were injuries, issues with confidence and tinkering with pitches which resulted in a struggling pitcher.