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12/21/2011: Hiroki Kuroda, Ryota Igarashi, Norichika Aoki

by on Dec.21, 2011 @ 12:10 pm, under MLB

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown has the following update on Hiroki Kuroda:

While none of this is new or a surprise, I heard Monday morning that Kuroda was close to agreeing to a new contract and it wouldn't be with the Dodgers. The Seattle Mariners said it wasn't them, and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, among others, answered similarly: "Not us."

Daily Sports is reporting that six teams + the Hiroshima Carp are interested in Kuroda.  They also mention that the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees offered deals worth around 1B yen a year, more three times the amount the Hiroshima Carp supposedly offered (300M yen a year).

Kuroda apparently wants to decide on where he will be play next season before the end of the year and will consider all offers that are on the table.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Tuesday that they invited Ryota Igarashi to Spring training.  A snip:

The Pittsburgh Pirates today signed right-handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi and first baseman Jeff Clement to minor league contracts, with invitations to Spring Training as non-roster players.

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Sponichi has posted the following comment from Norichika Aoki on the Milwaukee Brewers wanting to give him a look before negotiations:

I think negotiations will go a lot more smoothly if they have a chance to see me.  I do not think I will have too much trouble since I have been practicing.  I am currently at about 50-60%.