Japanese Team Interested In Kawakami

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks are exploring their options regarding Kenshin Kawakami, according to reports passed along by Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times (on Twitter). Last month it appeared that the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters had interest in the right-hander, but that was before the Braves demoted him to the minor leagues.

Braves GM Frank Wren said this weekend that he has had "a number of discussions" about the right-hander's future. Last month it seemed possible that the Braves could get a Japanese team to pay as much as $3MM of Kawakami's $6.67MM salary. 

The 35-year-old lost his rotation spot last year and even spent some time in the minor leagues. His ERA rose from 3.86 to 5.15, though he posted similar strikeout (6.1 K/9) and walk (3.3 BB/9) ratios to the ones he had in his 2009 rookie season. 


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40 Comments on "Japanese Team Interested In Kawakami"


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Brandon Woodworth
4 years 7 months ago

Please… just take him. We need the money for Upton/Uggla/Any offensive RH bad avaliable!

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ATL_Mindset
4 years 7 months ago

Wonder if they’d be interested in a CF as well….

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Yucavich
4 years 7 months ago

I knew Thanksgiving was around the corner!

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

The poor Braves.

This may have cost them a deal. The Japanese don’t want it to look like they are getting a bum – which is what the Braves have tried to make Kawakami into by sending him to AA.

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csg
4 years 7 months ago

poor braves? explain…KK wasnt going to be in the 2011 rotation and he’s not a reliever. Braves have no alternatives except to trade him and pay for some of the salary. It doesnt cost them a deal at all

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

You’re looking at things from an American point of view. In Japan it’s all about face and perception. If the Braves are going to demote Kawakami to AA, it makes him look inferior, which could reflect poorly on the Japanese team and the league as a whole.

What I’m saying essentially is that it may cost the Braves money as a team may offer LESS now that there is a perception that he is not a MLB player.

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4 years 7 months ago

How would that make them look any less inferior than buying failed prospects like Matt Murton, Colby Lewis, and Chris Resop on a consistent basis?

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

I would say it’s different because the American players in question were unknown and weren’t really given a chance to prove their full worth, where the Japanese players were put in prominent roles and imploded.

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4 years 7 months ago

His talent level and production haven’t changed because he was sent to AA. He’s still the same player, we just wanted room on our 40-man roster and to see if any ML team would claim him. Sending him to AA hasn’t changed anything.

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, that worked out great for Kei Igawa too didn’t it? The Japanese teams are tripping over themselves to get that guy back into the fold.

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4 years 7 months ago

Yeah, the only thing you’re missing is that there’s teams actually talking to the Braves about acquiring Kawakami. It says it in the article we’re posting under. The one I’m assuming you read.

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

Right.

The article also says, “Last month it appeared that the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters had interest in the right-hander, but that was before the Braves demoted him to the minor leagues.”

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4 years 7 months ago

I think you’re reading too much into what BNS wrote (no disrespect mean, obviously). Nowhere does it say that his demotion affects his value, and certainly not in the article linked, at least not via translation.

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

I could be reading too much into it, but then again, I don’t see guys like Igawa being welcomed back once they were sent to the minors.

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bbxxj
4 years 7 months ago

The move to AA was only a roster move to clear up space on the 40 man, not that they were actually planning on sending him to AA to pitch. By sending him through waivers to AA they had only two good outcomes: someone claims him and his salary or he makes it through waivers and doesn’t take up a 40 man spot for the rule five draft or other additions.

This wasn’t a ‘demotion’ it was a ‘roster shuffle’ and all the guys in MLB and NPB front offices know that.

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safari_punch
4 years 7 months ago

Management may know that, but it may cost the Braves money in doing such a move. All of a sudden you are saying that this player is even less of an asset by removing him from the team.

It puts a taint on Kawakami to essentially say he is minor league and not major league material.

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Maverick60
4 years 7 months ago

He pitched maybe twice after he lost his starting job. Everyone knew at that point that he wasnt major league material. Youre making way to much out of this roster move. No one made a deal for him while he was on the 40 man, so it wasnt that great of a selling point.