Things have been eerily quiet for Kenshin Kawakami and Koji Uehara, but are starting to pick up.
- Yahoo Japan has a Sponichi report saying that the Angels have already been in contact with Kawakami's agent, Dan Evans. The Angels are said to be put off by Jon Garland's salary demands and looking to replace him in the back of their rotation. Kawakami will probably cost substantially less than Garland, unless Garland overplays his hand like Kyle Lohse did last year.
- Baltimore is also planning to negotiate with both Kawakami and Uehara at the winter meetings. The O's are said to be interested in Ken Takahashi as well.
- Uehara hasn't attracted any offers yet, but his agent has been in touch with the Tigers and the Giants.