Orioles Make Offer to Japanese Pitcher
According to Patrick Newman over at NPB Tracker, the Orioles have made their final offer to Japanese pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, extending an incentive-laden deal that caps their chase of the starter, who has spent his entire career in Japan.
Newman cites shoulder concerns as the reason for a lower base salary and numerous incentives based on appearances and performance. It's an interesting offer, though Kawakami is sure to sit on it while waiting on offers from, well, anyone else.
Yet Kawakami may not be the only pitcher who the Orioles bring on board this offseason. Newman is among those reporting that Baltimore continues to show interest in Koji Uehara, a pitcher the O's have targeted as a starter while other teams have slotted him as a reliever.
If either pitcher signs, it'd be an interesting Baltimore foray into the untested (for them) Japanese pitching market. A sign that GM Andy McPhail's scouting roots are starting to fill out the organization's structure? Perhaps. Or maybe Baltimore just wants to make a splash ... somehow. Thoughts?
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