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Kenshin Kawakami | Relief Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (39) / 6/22/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reports that Kenshin Kawakami has reached an agreement with the Chunichi Dragons and a deal should be announced soon.
The report was translated by NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman. Kawakami dealt with shoulder issues with the Braves this past season and wound up posting an 8.86 ERA over 18 games in the minors. Obviously, the three-year, $23 million deal he signed prior to the 2009 campaign didn't work out so well for Atlanta. Fri, Jan 27, 2012 01:10:00 PM
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Braves general manager Frank Wren said Tuesday that Kenshin Kawakami is having more shoulder problems with Double-A Mississippi.

Kawakami missed nearly two months earlier this season with a right shoulder strain and is now sidelined with is being termed "shoulder irritation." The Japanese right-hander has an ugly 7.20 ERA across six starts and four relief appearances at the Double-A level this season. He's currently in the final year of a three-year, $23 million contract.
Tue, Jul 12, 2011 04:09:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami has been placed on the disabled list with Double-A Mississippi due to a right shoulder strain.

Kawakami allowed nine runs on 15 hits -- including three home runs -- over 10 2/3 innings in his first two starts with the club. He's owed $6.67 million this season in the final year of his contract.
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 01:59:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami will make his first start for Double-A Mississippi on Monday.

In Double-A because the Braves don't envision calling him up this season, Kawakami posted a 3.75 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 12 spring innings. The Braves have received inquiries from a number of Japanese teams as to Kawakami's availability, but he has said he will not accept a trade overseas. He is owed $6.67 million this season.
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 10:36:00 AM

Braves assigned RHP Kenshin Kawakami to Double-A Mississippi.

The Braves are sending him to Double-A because they want the Triple-A rotation open to pitchers who could have an impact in the big leagues at some point this season. Kawakami is owed $6.67 million this season and the Braves are still trying to find a taker.
Tue, Mar 29, 2011 11:56:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami yielded three runs in four innings Sunday in his start against the Phillies.

Not the kind of outing Kawakami needed in order to impress potential suitors. The Braves would eat a portion of the $6.7 million he's owed in order to move him, but it doesn't look like any teams are burning up the lines at the moment.
Sun, Mar 27, 2011 04:01:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami made his spring debut Friday with a scoreless inning against the Yankees.

He walked the first batter he saw but rebounded to retire the next two hitters after Brian McCann threw out Justin Maxwell trying to steal. Kawakami was late in getting to spring training due to visa issues, and he's likely to start the year in the minors if the Braves are unable to find a trade partner.
Sat, Mar 12, 2011 09:09:00 AM

Kenshin Kawakami is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut by the end of the week.

Kawakami was late reporting to camp due to visa issues. The Braves are still trying to find a suitor for the Japanese right-hander, who is owed $6.7 million in the final year of his contract.
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 05:49:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami is expected to begin workouts Wednesday.

Kawakami had been held up by visa issues in his native Japan, but he apparently solved them recently and will arrive state-side late Tuesday evening. The Braves will probably have him throw on flat ground Wednesday morning then move him along to bullpen sessions.
Tue, Mar 1, 2011 08:27:00 AM

Kenshin Kawakami is expected to arrive at Braves camp within the next few days.

Kawakami's arrival has been stalled by visa issues back in his native Japan. He has made strides with the process in the last few days and should begin participating in workouts by this weekend or early next week. The righty will be battling for a long relief gig.
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 05:35:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami has still not arrived in Braves camp due to visa issues.

The Braves said Tuesday that they expected the Japanese import to arrive within a few days, but he's yet to show up and GM Frank Wren said he has nothing new to report on the situation. They're still hoping to find a trade partner for the right-hander, but the odds of that happening have obviously decreased.
Sat, Feb 19, 2011 02:34:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami's arrival to camp has been delayed by a passport issue in Japan.

The Braves are expecting that everything will be cleared up in a couple of days. Kawakami was shopped heavily on the trade market this offseason and might still be dealt this spring, but he'll be in camp for at least the first couple of weeks. The right-hander posted a 1-10 record, 5.15 ERA and 1.49 WHIP over 87 1/3 innings last year.
Tue, Feb 15, 2011 09:28:00 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that two Japanese clubs are willing to acquire Kenshin Kawakami and cover more than half of his remaining $6.67 million salary.

Rosenthal speculates that the Yankees could be a match for Kawakami as they search for help in their starting rotation, but the Braves have been talking trade with Japanese clubs for months now. The Braves would not get a player in return if they trade him to a Japanese club, but they would probably be pretty satisfied with a little salary relief. As of now, Kawakami is off the 40-man roster and is likely to begin the season at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Thu, Feb 3, 2011 03:36:00 PM

Kenshin Kawakami has been invited to join the Braves at spring training.

As expected. Two years into a three-year deal with Atlanta, Kawakami has not come close to justifying his $23 million contract. His demotion to Triple-A Gwinnett last August was indicative of the lost season, in which he scratched out a 1-10 record, 5.15 ERA, and 1.49 WHIP. He will compete this spring for a bullpen spot and a chance at redemption.
Thu, Feb 3, 2011 06:06:00 AM

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates are trying to see whether the Orioles or Pirates would pick up more of Kenshin Kawakami's salary in a potential trade.

Kawakami is owed $6.67 million in 2011, so whoever is willing to pick up more salary will likely up with him. The 35-year-old right-hander went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA over 87 1/3 innings with the Braves this past season, but he has been a victim of some bad luck since arriving stateside. The AL East isn't an ideal landing spot, but a fresh start may help.
Wed, Dec 8, 2010 02:25:00 PM

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1B1Freddie Freeman
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SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
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5Alex Wood
6Brandon Beachy
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2David Carpenter
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4Shae Simmons
5Anthony Varvaro
6James Russell
7David Hale
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11Gus Schlosser
12Aaron Northcraft
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