Braves Interested in Japanese Pitcher Hidetaka Kawagoe

An interesting note from the Japanese Yahoo baseball rumors site, via NPB Tracker:

Daily Sports has a report saying that the Braves have some interest in signing Hidetaka Kawagoe, who was release by the Orix Buffaloes at the end of the season. Kawagoe, 36, moved from the rotation to the bullpen during the 2009 season, and profiles better as a reliever regardless of which league he next plays in. The Chiba Lotte Marines have also been kicking the tires on Kawagoe, and appear to be his most likely destination if he stays in Japan.

I have no idea why we'd be interested in him. Here are his career numbers in Japan, not very impressive. He's been a middle-of-the-rotation starter most of his career until last year. Could the Braves see something in him that no one else does? Are they trying to pull off another Mike Remlinger-esque switch from the rotation to the pen? Let's see how long it takes Mark Bowman to shoot this rumor down.

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