ESPN: Rasner’s Rights to Japan

Jerry Crasnick at ESPN is reporting that the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League have purchased the rights of Darrell Rasner for $1 million from the Yankees.  Rasner is 9-15 in four seasons in the majors, including a 6-13 record with the Yankees in the last two seasons.  After going 1-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 2007, teams saw too much of Rasner last season with all the injuries the staff faced, going 5-10 with a 5.40 ERA in 24 appearances/20 starts.  Despite starting 3-0 and amassing a 1.80 ERA in his first four starts last season, Rasner’s performances worsened with increased exposure, losing 6 of his next 7 starts and seeing his ERA balloon from 1.80 to 4.96.   He certainly lived up, or down, to the old adage that “There are no secrets in baseball.”  However, I wish Rasner all the best should he head to the land of the rising sun.  He’s a gamer and a good guy, based on listening to him in interviews.  I hope he likes the cuisine (which I would positively love) and, if he has a family, that they handle the transition as smoothly as possible.  Even if not with the Yankees, he deserves some measure of success. Best of luck, Darrell.

However, this relatively minor development begs but one question: does no one want Kei Igawa? Sorry, Triple-A all-star Kei Igawa? I’d be happy if the Yankees could deal him for Sabathia’s meal money.  Nearly as important, it makes me wonder who will take Rasner’s spot on the 40-man roster. Perhaps a kid such as Melancon gets a shot this Spring.  Regardless, it’s another sign of change this off-season.

Seriously, I’d take Sabathia’s meal money as equivalent value for Igawa.  A big financial loss, yes, but at least the Yanks would be getting value and something put to use.

Published in: on November 15, 2008 at 8:48 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. according to the mighty abe he does have a young family so we wish him all the best on his new adventure. he certainly was a guy we all rooted for despite his troubles as the season wore on. also some of the rule 5 guys need to be protected so fare thee well D-Raz.

    i have a feeling that some team–maybe the padres, will take the chipmunk off of our hands before all is said and done.

    anyone have any guesses how long it will take for CC’s agent run our offer past the angels, giants and dodgers? it sure would be nice to hear about a done deal on monday or tuesday.

  2. Pete Abe reported that Sabathia has said that he doesn’t want this to be a drawn-out process. Hopefully that means he responds in less than a week, but since it is free agency, we might need to be patient. Frankly, I’m impressed that the Yankees had their ducks in a row regarding an offer to Sabathia. They beat everyone to the punch and punched out most of the competition on the very first day for one of the biggest prizes available. Well done, in my opinion.

  3. I wasn’t aware you could actually sell someone’s rights to another team. Speaking of Iguana, didn’t the Padres put a waiver claim in on him back in Augsut of 2007? If he did then why the hell didn’t Cash admit a mistake and hand him over to Kevin Towers.

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