Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker says the Hanshin Tigers are preparing a four-year, $18MM offer for starter Kenshin Kawakami. Kawakami, a free agent, has yet to decide whether to come over to MLB. The Braves and Red Sox may be interested if he does.
Newman figures Kawakami will come over, and pegs him as a solid mid-rotation type. If so, he may be able to match Hiroki Kuroda’s three year, $35.3MM deal.