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12/4/2011: Hiroki Kuroda, Wei-Ying Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Dec.04, 2011 @ 10:36 am, under MLB, NPB

Kenjiro Nomura told reporters on Saturday that he wants Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan.

His comments via Sanspo:

"I think he has the Carp spirit and 150% of me wants him to return," said Nomura.

He then added, "Even if he decides to leave the Dodgers, other MLB teams will move in to try and sign him.  All we can do is wait."

And Nikkan Sports is carrying a slightly different version:

"He is that good a pitcher.  If he leaves the Dodgers, I am sure other clubs will move in and try to sign him.  Kuro has the Carp spirit.  150% of me wants him to return, but I am sure there are financial issues to consider.  It would make things if he can make his decision."

Sports Hochi is carry the following comments from a Carp official:

"We have not contacted him and we have not heard from him either.  We may check in on him every now and again, but we think this is still going to take some time.  It might take until after the new year and there is no change to use waiting for him until next year or the year after.  We have a spot open for him."

When asked what the team thought regarding Kuroda pitching for an MLB team other than the Dodgers, "That is what we were thinking from the start."

Sponichi notes that ten MLB clubs, including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Colorado Rockies (Denver Post), could be interested in Kuroda.

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Via Nikkan Sports: The Pittsburgh Tribunes' Rob Biertempfel tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in Wei-Ying Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada.