B-R says he's arb-eligible after next year, but don't guys from NPB work differently? I'm going on the assumption that he's a FA after the completion of his 3/$23M contract. DK says he's owed $6.67M for '11. We could afford to eat all of that; it really comes down to what we're willing to trade vs. how much we'd want to pay.
His ERA+ was 107 in '09 and 76 in '10; xFIP says he was the same ~4.58 pitcher both years. Decent, not great K rate, too many walks, nice, low GB rate that should play OK with our IF. In some ways he's the kind of guy that we've talked about as a more-suitable alternative to Zach Duke: less pitch-to-contact without being so outstanding that he's unreachable. If we covered $5M of his salary, we'd be paying what we would have for Duke with excellent prospects of getting better results.
So, whom do you trade for him, and how much salary do you want ATL to eat?
Incidentally, I cannot believe that he's the second Kenshin Kawakami in MLB history. 135 years, 2 Jack Wilsons, 2 Kenshin Kawakamis.