Thursday, January 19, 2006

Yusaku Iriki ?= You-suck?oooh- I reak! eeeeeee

It seems like we are destined to take chances on every Japanese pitcher available, with yesterday's signing of Yusaku Iriki. He's 33, isn't dominant, and reminds me of an older Victor Zambrano (who, when we last checked, was still a Met). At least we don't have $7.5 mil invested in him this year (cough-Matsuii-cough), so at $750,000, he can become a relative bargain if he is able to duplicate his Japanese league numbers of last year (6-7 with a 3.35 ERA with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the Japanese Pacific League). That bullpen of ours is starting to become as overcrowded as a men's jail after a Raiders game. Let's hope we achieve great quality, because now we certainly have great quantity. (By the way- I hope that this is a case of one's name NOT being a description of one's results...)

Editor's Note:
Please understand that we are in NO WAY making fun of Iriki's name or heritage- we are merely making fun of the fact that we are trying once more to acquire a Japanese player after failing so miserably up to this point.

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