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11/14/2010: Hideki Matsui, Kenshin Kawakami

by on Nov.14, 2010 @ 3:45 pm, under MLB

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (via Nikkan Sports) has an article up with a section covering aging DHs.  Seems like Hideki Matsui might be at the end of a line that includes Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez, and Lance Berkman.  And it seems the A's are also interested in Berkman, a team Matsui has also been linked to.


Kenshin Kawakami was sent down to double-A after clearing waivers on Saturday.  MLB.com's Mark Bowman mentions that the A's may try to move Kawakami during the off-season.  A snip:

Braves general manager Frank Wren confirmed that he would spend a portion of this offseason trying to find Kawakami a new employer. Major League clubs have proven reluctant to trade for the Japanese hurler and also assume a healthy portion of the $6.67 million he is still owed in the final year of his contract.

Multiple Japanese clubs have shown interest in Kawakami, and a month ago at least one seemed to be willing to pay approximately half of his remaining salary. ...

The Yomiuri Giants and Nippon Ham Fighters are among the Japanese clubs that are believed to have shown interest in Kawakami. But another unidentified Japanese team provided the Braves reason to believe they would be willing to assume more of the $6.67 million figure than the two other clubs.