The Pirates are still interested in Kawakami.

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates were reported to have shown interest in Atlanta Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami.  Yesterday there was speculation that their interest may be cooling after the signings of Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen.  However, Dejan Kovacevic updates us today by saying that he's hearing the Pirates are still talking trade for Kawakami.

With Correia and Olsen on the verge of completing their deals, you have to wonder why the Pirates are pursuing Kawakami.  He's coming off a down year, with a 5.15 ERA in 87.1 innings in 2010.  He had a much better season in 2009, with a 3.86 ERA in 156.1 innings.  His ratios were similar each year, with a career 6.1 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9.

He's not as bad as the 2010 season, although he prob...

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