We've all heard the jokes: trade him for a dozen baseballs, trade him for the Six-Million-Dollar-Man and eat the other million, have him sell boiled peanuts in the concession stand.
And like me, maybe you're asking, "Why isn't he at AAA, trying to work-out the problems?" Well, according to Jeff Schultz of the AJC:
"The Braves have seemingly lost confidence in Kenshin Kawakami, who has pitched only once since he was moved to the bullpen a month ago. And by virtue of an agreement in his contract, the Braves can’t send him to the minors."
I mean, really - are we KIDDING here? Did the Braves really sign a contract with an MLB unknown, and relinquish the right to send him to the minors? (And let's face it, Gwinnett is better than several MLB teams.)
And in baseball, all money is guaranteed - am I wrong?
Kawakami is the 4th highest-paid Brave, behind Lowe, Chipper, and Hudson. And we've got another year of this, right? RIGHT??
Can the Braves POSSIBLY pay part/most of his salary to another team to take him? That would at least free-up a million dollars, and a roster spot.
(And in all seriousness - do we still have to pay his translator, if no one is talking to him?)
So - check-out the poll below, and give us your thoughts. (Comments also encouraged!)
What is the best possible plan for Kenshin Kawakami?
Let him sit in the bullpen and collect his salary. (9 votes)
Try to renegotiate the contract, and let him pitch in Gwinnett. (36 votes)
Try to find some team to take him, and pay most of the salary. (106 votes)
I've thought and thought, and I have no earthly idea. (26 votes)
177 total votes