The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks are interested in demoted Braves right-hander Kenshin Kawakami, Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times reports (via Twitter , passing on a Japanese article).
Kawakami, due $6.67 million in 2011, cleared waivers and was outright to Double-A Mississippi. Braves general manager Frank Wren has said he'd like to find a team to take a chunk of his salary and noted several Japanese teams have shown interest in Kawakami, 34.
According to MLB.com's Mark Bowman , the Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters have shown interest in Kawakami, but wrote "another unidentified Japanese team provided the Braves reason to believe they would be willing to assumer more of the $6.67 million figure than the other two clubs." That could be the Hawks.
Kawakami pitched for Chunichi of Japan's Central League from 1998-2008, where he won the MVP and the Eijii Sawamura Award (the equivalent of the Cy Young Award) in 2004.
Kawakami has gone 8-22 with a 4.32 ERA in two seasons with the Braves, including 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA last season.
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