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Atlanta is still trying to trade Kenshin Kawakami

Mar 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Kawakami  throwing

Kenshin Kawakami was on the trading block for the entire offseason and Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves are still trying to deal the Japanese right-hander.

After a solid rookie season Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.19 ERA last year, but with a 59/32 K/BB ratio in 87 innings his secondary numbers were almost identical to those from his rookie season. In other words, given a fresh start and a spot at the bottom of another team’s rotation, Kawakami is capable of tossing 175 innings with a 4.50 ERA.

Atlanta doesn’t need that even if they hadn’t lost total faith in Kawakami, because Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens, and Tommy Hanson fill the first four spots in the rotation and Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy are fighting for the fifth spot, but in order to move Kawakami the Braves will likely have to eat most of his $6.7 million salary and so far at least they haven’t been willing to do that.

He’s better than quite a few fifth starters around baseball.

  1. cur68 - Mar 22, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    New York’s 5th starter right here folks.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      I’ve been saying that for a little while now.

    • Old Gator - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      I dunno. People are avoiding this guy like he was radioactive or something.

  2. BC - Mar 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Hey, wins don’t matter. This guy should have been a Cy Young candidate last year.

    • cur68 - Mar 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

      uh, BC, not to get all up in your grill but wins DO matter when your ERA is 5.19. Those 5 + runs probably cost some games. Considering his other numbers though, this guy has some stuff. I wonder how much of his ERA can be pinned on lousy pitch calling?

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