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Kenshin Kawakami is headed back to Japan

Jan 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along reports from Japan that Kenshin Kawakami has agreed to a deal with the Chunichi Dragons following a disappointing three-year stretch with the Braves.

Kawakami inked a $23 million contract with Atlanta in 2009 and had a solid rookie season for the Braves, tossing 156 innings with a 3.86 ERA and 105/57 K/BB ratio.

Then he began 2010 by going 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA and the Braves demoted him to the minors, never to be seen again. Kawakami didn’t pitch as terribly as those numbers would suggest, but he totally collapsed last season with an 8.41 ERA at Double-A.

Kakakami is 36 years old now, but he was a star in Japan before joining the Braves, going 112-72 with a 3.22 ERA in nine seasons while winning Rookie of the Year and MVP awards.

  1. yettyskills - Jan 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

  2. jwbiii - Jan 28, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    The Japanese press is saying ¥30M or $390k, so this is a cheap flyer kind of deal.

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