Igawa told Kyodo News Agency he would have preferred to stay in the United States, but apparently there were no takers for the left-handed starter.
That should come as no surprise considering that the former Yankee, now 32, managed to make just 16 major league appearances, posting a 2-4 record and 6.66 ERA. The Yankees expected much more when they paid $26 million just for the right to negotiate with Igawa, then rewarded him with a five-year, $20 million contract.
Igawa spent most of his time in America in the Yankees' minors, where he went 36-25 with a 3.83 ERA. The lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008.