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11/14/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Nov.14, 2012 @ 5:18 pm, under MLB

The New York Post's Joel Sherman on where Hiroki Kuroda might end up going (via Nikkan Sports):

... Comfort is vital. Kuroda rejected more money last offseason, for example $13 million from Arizona, to sign a one-year, $10 million deal with the Yankees because he thought the more cosmopolitan atmosphere was right for him and his family. Kuroda also might want to go year-to-year because he wants to finish his career in Japan while he is still an effective pitcher. In fact, one NL executive who has tried to sign Kuroda previously predicted he will return to Japan for the 2013 season.

... Nevertheless, because the Yankees made the tender offer, the Dodgers would lose their first-round pick to sign Kuroda, who will turn 38 in February. Los Angeles general manager Ned Colletti told me that was an important issue to weigh because the Dodgers' farm system needs rebuilding.

The Red Sox, because they had one of the majors' 10-worst records, would lose a second-round pick if they signed Kuroda. There remain questions of whether or not Kuroda would broaden his considerations beyond New York, Los Angeles and Japan. One AL official said "definitely" when asked if Kuroda would go to the Red Sox, noting the cosmopolitan nature of the city.

Nevertheless, another AL official said, "not for $20 million a year. This is a player that values comfort and familiarity, and he is not familiar with the team and the Red Sox had chaos last year. No shot."


Kyuji Fujikawa is planning to (may already have) tour facilities belonging to the Dodgers, Angels, and Diamondbacks.  Source: Sponichi 11/14/2012