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Interest in Kawakami Cools?

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The Pirates interest in Kawakami may be cooling.

Rob Biertempfel has an update on Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, suggesting that the Pittsburgh Pirates interest may have cooled now that the team has agreed to deals with Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen.

We heard yesterday that the Pirates had some interest in trading for Kawakami, and that the Atlanta Braves were willing to pick up all but $1-2 M of his salary, and weren’t looking for much in return.  Shortly after the announcement, the Pirates agreed to a deal with Olsen, and last night they agreed to a two year, $8 M deal with Correia.

There would really be no need for Kawakami now, even if he does come cheap.  The Pirates rotation for the 2011 season will include James McDonald, Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, and Kevin Correia.  They also have Charlie Morton, Brad Lincoln, Scott Olsen, and Jeff Karstens competing for the fifth spot, with the last two making around $1 M each.

Biertempfel mentions the Orioles as another team that is in on Atlanta’s right hander.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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