The Pittsburgh Pirates have an agreement to sign right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi, according to The Jiji Press (via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker).  The agreement is for a split contract, which usually means it’s a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

Igarashi previously played for the New York Mets where he combined for a 5.74 ERA in 69 innings, along with an 8.7 K/9 and a 6.0 BB/9 ratio. He made the jump from the Japanese leagues prior to the 2010 season, and the Pirates had interest in him at the time. He holds the record for the fastest pitch thrown by a Japanese pitcher at an NPB game at 98.75 MPH, although his average velocity in the majors has been 92.7 MPH.

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  1. Interesting to see Lowrie traded from the Red Sox for Melancon. Makes you wonder IF (big IF) we wanted to trade Hanrahan if we could have gotten Lowrie and more from the Sox.

    • Don’t give up on the Bucs potentially dealing Hanrahan to the Red Sox.  Many feel that Melancon isn’t ready to be a closer in the AL Beast, so the Sox might not be done looking for a closer.  I’d love to see the Pirates acquire Ryan Lavarnway & a prospect or two from the Sox for Hanrahan.

      • Def agree about Melancon. I wouldve taken a Lowrie Ranaudo Kalish deal in a second for Hanarahan. Not real big on Lavarnway, seems too much like Doumit to me IDK. I do think they still get a closer and Madson isnt him.
        Once Fielder signs I think things will really start to open up. Creates a trade partner for the incumbent 1B, sets market for Lee Pena etc, and opens up lots of $ for whoever doesnt get him.

    • Lowrie last year: .252 AVG, .685 OPS, 6 HR, 36 RBI, -4.9 UZR at SS, 0.3 WAR
      Cedeno last year: .249 AVG, .636 OPS, 2 HR, 32 RBI, 5.9 UZR at SS, 1.4 WAR
      Barmes last year: .244 AVG, .698 OPS, 12 HR, 39 RBI, 7.9 UZR at SS, 3.1 WAR

      No thanks on Lowrie.

      • Lowrie had a bad shoulder last year, he had a .900 ops in 2010. The glove is a bit of an issue, but he’s a much better option than Barmes or Cedeno.

        I’d have glady taken Lowrie, Weiland, and 3rd prospect (or two C level guys like Lars) for Hanrahan.

        • I don’t see Lowrie as much better than Barmes. Better?  Maybe. But it has yet to be seen with his .732 ops in a hitter’s park. …and he is almost 28 so it’s not like he is super young.

      • Not to mention Lowrie had one game where he was 5-5 with 2 doubles and 2 HR or something like that and in that week he hit .542 or something crazy. Take that away and he did nothing. I would love Lowrie as my util inf.  He is as good as you get in that role.  Especially in the NL. Houston has a very interesting and talented young infield.

    • I would actually be disapointed if the Bucs went after Darvish. (Which they won’t anyways.) Bidding millions just to get to talk to an unproven player would completely trash what they are trying to accomplish.  Pirate fans need to understand this.

  2. Dont if theyre from the same country or agent or team along the way but maybe this is just to help in luring other asian players. Becuase I’m sure they have the high bid on Darvish 😉 But this couldnt hurt with Chen I’d imagine.

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