Monday Jan. 12, 2009
ATLANTA (AP) -- Japanese all-star pitcher Kensin Kawakami was in Atlanta for a physical need to finalize an agreement with the Braves, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.
Kawakami, the 2004 Central League MVP, has won 112 games in 11 seasons in Japan and was regarded as one of the top free-agent pitchers from Japan available this offseason. The 33-year-old was 9-5 for the Chunichi Dragons last year, when he missed several weeks because of a back strain.
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