Braves Sign Kenshin Kawakami

2:47pm: Says Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown, the contract is a three-year deal.

1:43pm: David O’Brien says, "Deal is done, pending physical." Kenshin Kawakami is an Atlanta Brave.

SATURDAY, 11:34am: In the comments section of his own post, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes:

I really think the Braves have reached an agreement with Kawakami. And not because a Japanese paper reported it.

In the body of the article, he writes that an announcement by Kawakami’s people "could come at any time."

7:45pm: MLB.com’s Mark Bowman that the Braves may have already lured Kawakami. The report says "multiple Major League sources" are confirming tonight that a deal is near completion and that this rate, Kawakami could take a physical on Monday. The report also details that the Braves are readying their first offer for Derek Lowe, which they plan to make next week. More from Bowman here.

FRIDAY, 5:00pm: This link is gaining in popularity.  It says the Braves are close to a deal with Kenshin Kawakami, but there’s still a chance he could sign elsewhere.  I do think the Braves may end up signing him but I still feel this report may be jumping the gun.


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