11/10/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kyuji Fujikawa, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome
Hiroki Kuroda rejected the New York Yankees' qualifying offer. From MLB.com's Anthony DiComo:
Hiroki Kuroda, Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher each rejected their qualifying offers from the Yankees.
... Soriano and Kuroda in particular are expected to negotiate seriously with the Yankees.
... Kuroda, 37, seemed most likely to accept his qualifying offer, because he is said to prefer a one-year deal. But the market for high-end starting pitchers is so thin that Kuroda, who went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA last season, could almost certainly earn more on the open market.
The Boston Red Sox are interested in Kuroda. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2012
A number of teams, including the Padres and Nationals, are interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka. Source: Sanspo 11/10/2012
The Softbank Hawks are also interested in Matsuzaka and have already reached out to his agent, Scott Boras. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2012
The Dodgers, Angels, and Cubs may all have a serious interest Kyuji Fujikawa. Source: Sanspo 11/10/2012
Improving the bullpen is also a priority, and that pursuit could take the Angels to Japan. Dipoto confirmed he's interested in free-agent closer Kyuji Fujikawa.
Fujikawa, 32, was 3-3 with a 1.24 earned-run average and 41 saves for the Hanshin Tigers last season and would like to play on the West Coast. The right-hander mixes a 93-mph fastball with a split-finger fastball and slider.
"There's an attraction there for the player and for us," Dipoto said. "We've seen him against major league hitters. There's no question about his ability. He's a talented guy."
The Boston Red Sox are also interested in Fujikawa. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2012
FoxSports is reporting that at least two teams are "mildly intrigued" by Hiroyuki Nakajima. Source: Fox Sports 11/9/2012
Sponichi figures he might be worth, at least, around US$1.5M to US$2M on the US market. Source: Sponichi 11/10/2012
According to Greg Genske: Nakajima would like to play short, but is willing to play other positions as well, like second and third. He has been brought up in discussions with more than five teams. He expects to receive a multi-year deal for his client. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2012
The Houston Astros may have an interest in Hideki Matsui. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2012
Kosuke Fukudome reportedly met with his agent in Los Angeles on Tuesday to discuss plans moving forward. Fukudome is said to have received offers from the Yokohama Bay Stars and Hanshin Tigers, but is not yet ready to give on a possible return to the Majors. Source: Daily Sports 11/10/2012