According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox have remained interested in free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. The cost for the 36-year-old, however, figures to be out of the Sox’ price range unless the team makes another move to attain payroll flexibility, according to a source.
UPDATE @ 1:42pm -
The NY Post's Joel Sherman tweets that the Yanks are still interested in Kuroda, but feel his asking price is too high as well:
#Yankees like E.Jackson, but not enough to give big multi-yr $. Would do 1-yr Kuroda b4 that, and even that they say is too costly right now
Hiroki Kuroda's price tag remains high. While more open to pitching in the East then he once was, Kuroda, the former Dodger, would still prefer the LA market or West. The Red Sox have maintained interest in him, but have yet to see a big price drop.
The Orix Buffaloes are interested in Ichiro Suzuki and are already working on what kinds of things they might be able to offer him to entice him to return to the franchise. And since they are not sure when Ichiro plans on returning, they are going to cover all the bases: possibilities include as a player, coach, manager, and GM.
Hideki Matsui's father would like to see his son play in the Majors for at least one more year (to make it 10 years in the NPB and 10 years in the MLB) and return to the AL East (he wants to see his son face the New York Yankees).
But the Brewers will have to proceed with Aoki even though Braun's status is unsettled. Melvin is hoping to early this week finalize arrangements with agent Nez Balelo -- who, coincidentally, also represents Braun -- for a workout with Aoki at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke would attend what could be a multiday affair designed to give Brewers officials their first look at Aoki, and to give Aoki his first opportunity to meet club officials and hear their vision for him.
That meeting could come later this week or at the beginning of next week, Melvin said. After that, the Brewers would determine whether to pursue a contract with Aoki.
"We're going to reserve judgement," Melvin said. "We want to wait until after we get a look at him."