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The Pirates and Orioles compete for Kenshin Kawakami

Dec 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

Kawakami  throwing

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

Anyway, multiple sources are reporting that the Pirates and Orioles are both trying to get Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta. The winner will be determined by which of those teams is willing to take less from the Braves to cover the $6.67 million owed to the guy for 2011.  I envision the bidding going in ha’penny increments.

Kawakami is 35 and he went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA over 87 and a third innings with the Braves this past season.  He’s probably actually better than that — you watch him for a while and you think he should get more guys out than he does — but he’s an innings-eater at best at this point. Probably a swingman if he can take to the pen.
  1. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    As an avid fan of not only the MLB but NPB, I was hoping he would end up pitching in Japan. I know the pay is less but your 5+ ERA will become a 3.5 era in no time.

  2. gendisarray - Dec 8, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Nice “War Games” reference

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