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December 9, 2008

Orioles: Japanese pitchers on deck

The Orioles have scheduled meetings later today with the agents for Japanese pitchers Kenshin Kawakami and Koji Uehara. Former baseball executive Dan Evans represents Kawakami and Mark Pieper represents Uehara.

Both pitchers are 33 years old and are coming off solid careers in Japan, but are considered by scouts to be likely No. 4 or No. 5 starters in the American major leagues.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 4:35 PM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Just baseball
        

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Which player do you think the Orioles will likely sign?

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Pete's reply: Probably whichever one they can.

Uehara has a history of leg cramping and other various leg injuries that would probably knock him down to a 5th starter.

Kawakami is supposed to throw a little harder and have a little better stuff.

I don't know what the salary demands are for these guys, but I wouldn't mind seeing both of them in the Orioles rotation. They can't be any worse than what we've had.

Kawakami was supposedly offered a 4 year and roughly $20 million dollar offer from his Japanese team to stay with them.

Those spots are open in the Os rotation.

Pete - the O's most likely wont land a 'big' free agent until they prove worthy of contention. Is this why we are only looking at 2nd tier players? This would solidify they will be rebuilding for a couple more years.


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Pete's reply: I think you're right.

Geee-- Could they be any worse than Liz, Penn, Olson and Crabrera?

I agree one hundred % Sign one or both and give our kids one more year down on the farm . They can't be any worse then the ones we've put out there .               Thanks Curt

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