At the end of last week, talks between the Milwaukee Brewers and Yankees were pushed to the back burner as the Yanks solidified their deal with free agent pitcher AJ Burnett. Another factor pushing the talks back was the Yankees insistence that the Brewers also pay some of Cameron’s $10 Million contract.
Now, the Milwuakee Journal Sentinel is reporting that talks are set to resume this week – and get this, may include Yankees disa-pitcher (my word for disappointing pitcher) Kei Igawa, who despite success at the Triple-A level, has failed to find success at the Major League level for the Yankees.
The Journal Sentinel makes the point that the Brewers are now thin at pitching, not only on the Brewers staff, but also on their AAA team. Igawa is set to make $4 Million this year, and by absorbing his contract, the Brewers could refrain from having to send money to the Yanks to make the Cameron deal go through.
Although this seems like a tempting deal, I remain skeptical about adding Cameron. I just don’t see the point. The Yankees are strong at pitching now, so it does not hurt to trade away Igawa, who started in an emergency 2 times for the Yankees last season, albeit to mixed results. I would be content with a rotation of Wang, Sabathia, Burnett, Chamberlain and Pettitte. By keeping Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees maintain two strong back-up pitchers in case of an emergency – so Igawa is expendable.
That being said, we don’t need any new outfielders. Brian Cashman: Just Say No.