From the Globe's Daigo Fujiwara:
Nikkan Sports, one of Tokyo's biggest daily sports/entertainment newspapers, is reporting that Red Sox have offered Kenshin Kawakami a 3-year, $21-million deal.
The report appeared in Saturday morning's edition of Nikkan Sports.
Kawakami's agent Dan Evans reportedly said that he discussed his client with 28 teams and was quoted as saying, "It is now up to Kawakami." Nikkan notes that the Sox' offer seems to be higher than other teams.
Kawakami has a 112-72 career record with a 3.22 ERA in 11 years as a member of Chunichi Dragons. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1998 and the Central League MVP in 2004. Kawakami led the league in wins in 2004 and 2006, led the league with most strikeouts in 2006, and won the Sawamura Award (Japanese equivalent of the Cy Young) in 2004. His best pitch is a cut-fastball.
The Globe's Adam Kilgore wrote on Kawakami earlier this week.