The Yankees continue to negotiate with free-agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda in hopes of beating several other suitors -- the Dodgers, Red Sox and now the Angels -- plus another country.
... The Angels are said to like Kuroda a lot because of his familiarity with the L.A. area and his success this season in the American League.
... The Dodgers, with new rich ownership, want him back. The Red Sox are probably long shots since Kuroda has loved both L.A. (he only left because Frank McCourt couldn't afford him) and New York.
Randy Levine is hopeful that both Kuroda and Ichiro Suzuki return next season.
"We really hope Kuroda returns next season and Ichiro had a really great year. We are continuing to speak to both their agents. They are both equally important to us," said Levine.
Source: Sponichi 11/16/2012
According to Nikkan Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in acquiring both Kyuji Fujikawa and Hiroyuki Nakajima.
Fujikawa got a tour of Chase Field and the spring training facilities on Thursday. He will also visit the Dodgers, Angels, and a team on the East Coast. The Rangers do not appear to be on his current list of places to visit.