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11/16/2010: Hiroki Kuroda, Hisanori Takahashi, Hideki Matsui

by on Nov.16, 2010 @ 4:58 pm, under MLB

Hiroki Kuroda apparently signed a 1-year deal worth US$12M (1.02B yen) with the Dodgers on Monday.

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ESPN's Adam Rubin mentions that Hisanori Takahashi was briefly a member of the Cincinnati Reds' organization after they him claimed off waivers last week (via Nikkan Sports).  A snip:

The Reds had claimed Takahashi off waivers, giving the club an exclusive negotiating window with the Japanese pitcher. Takahashi had five days to refuse the claim and become a free agent, which he did Friday, according to an official familiar with the transaction.

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A Mets source indicated Takahashi was seeking a three-year deal in the $4 million to $5 million range a season. The pitcher openly indicated throughout the season that his preference was to pitch as a starting pitcher.

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The NY Times' Tyler Kepner feels Hideki Matsui could be a bargain pick-up (via Nikkan Sports).

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The Nippon Ham Fighers apparently don't have an interest in Kenshin Kawakami.  Instead, it seems they want to spend their time and money on raising their younger players.