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Pirates eyeing more starters

Posted on: December 6, 2010 2:56 pm
The Pirates' search for pitching won't stop with Scott Olsen. The team is interested in Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami ( ) and Justin Duchscherer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ), because as of now, their rotation is Paul Maholm, Ross Ohlendorf, James McDonald, Charlie Morton and Olsen, with Brad Lincoln also in the mix.

The Braves are looking to unload Kawakami, who is due $6.667 million in 2011, the last year of his three-year deal with Atlanta. Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.15 ERA, in 18 games and 16 starts. He was twice sent to the minors last season and was removed from the team's 40-man roster. The Braves would likely pay a good portion of Kawakami's salary and may just want to dump him.

Duchscherer, 33, appeared in just five games last season with the A's with a  hip injury and missed all of 2009 with back and shoulder injuries. He was an All-Star in 2008, going 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in Oakland.

According to the Post-Gazette report, Duchscherer is expected to be ready for spring training.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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