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12/17/2011: Hiroki Kuroda, Junichi Tazawa, Hideki Matsui

by on Dec.17, 2011 @ 4:33 pm, under MLB

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman posted an update on Hiroki Kuroda.  A snip:

Kuroda is much lighter on buzz, but some teams actually prefer Kuroda, as he is the proven one in the majors. The Yankees, who are said to have placed a "modest" bid on Darvish and have no expectation of winning the posting process, seem to almost prefer Kuroda, anyway.

The Rockies and Diamondbacks are also believed interested in Kuroda. ...a person close to Kuroda said he is open to playing in New York and a few other places. He hasn't ruled out returning to Japan, either.

Nikkan Sports mentions that Kuroda may have received offers from over five different teams, all around the US$12M range.

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The Boston Globes' Peter Abraham has an update on Junichi Tazawa.  A snip:

With Kyle Weiland gone, what now for Felix Doubront and Junichi Tazawa? "Right now, we plan to bring all those guys into camp as starters. If something changes, if we feel like there's better opportunity for them in a different role, we could certainly adjust. As a general rule, and Bobby and I have had a chance to talk about this, it's generally wise to keep guys stretched out and capable of starting. It's a lot easier to go the other way and shorten guys up than it is to stretch guys out."

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Nikkan Sports reports that the Baltimore Orioles are not saying much with regards to whether or not they will try to sign Hideki Matsui -- they are only saying that he is on their list of candidates.  They also did not say much about Wei-Ying Chen.

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Sponichi mentions the news of the committee that was formed to talk about an international draft and wonders if Japanese players will be involved.