Citing an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Sponichi reports on the Pittsburgh Pirates' interest in Ryota Igarashi.
The Pirates also are interested in righty reliever Ryota Igarashi, 30. ...
Age and injury — he missed the 2007 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery — have taken some of the zip off Igarashi's fastball, which still touches the mid-90s. He also throws a hard splitter, curveball and slider.
Interestingly enough, they make no mention of his fork ball, and instead list the splitter, curve, and slider. AFAIK, he hardly ever throws the curve and slider. And I wonder if they mistook his fork for a hard splitter?
And there's also a quote by Pirates' GM Neal Huntington:
"He's certainly a name on our board," Huntington said. "Where the financial elements of the conversation go is obviously going to be an important part of the process.
"When we traded for Iwamura, the hope was that it would open the Japanese market to us a little bit more than it was in the past. It may mean this year, it may mean next year or two years from now."
The Pirates become the second team to show interest in Igarashi behind the Texas Rangers.