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Interest in Kawakami cools?

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Signing free agent pitchers Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen may have lessened the Pirates’ interest in trading for Braves righty Kenshin Kawakami.

Atlanta is shopping Kawakami, 35, who will make $6.667 million next season in the final year of his contract. There are indications the Braves would be willing to eat part of that salary for the right deal.

The Pirates are not the only ones in the mix for Kawakami. There is buzz in the lobby that  the Orioles and Braves have discussed a possible trade.

Over two seasons with the Braves, Kawakami is 8-22 with a 4.32 ERA.

»»» Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapsed early this morning while waiting for an elevator here at the Swan resort. Tracy, 54, was alert and responsive as he was being taken to a nearby hospital. He’s still under observation and there’s been no update on his condition or the cause of his collapse.

His tenure with the Pirates was brief and unsuccessful, but Tracy is a good guy. I wish him the best in his recovery.

»»»Tracy had been scheduled for an interview session at 4:30 p.m. today. First-year Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle will hold his meeting with the media Wednesday afternoon.

»»» A few minutes ago, I ran into former Pirates hitting coach Don Long in the lobby. He flew in last night from Seattle to interview with the Mets for their hitting coach job, and will jet back home tonight. Andy Van Slyke also is a candidate for new manager Terry Collins’ staff.

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