Hiroki Kuroda Landscape “Wide Open”

4:51pm: A source tells WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox are interested in Kuroda, but that their ability to sign him would be contingent on gaining financial flexibility through other moves.

2:47pm: Now that the Dodgers have effectively signed Capuano to replace Kuroda in their rotation, the landscape for the righty is "wide open," a source tells FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Rosenthal, Kuroda is now willing to consider all offers, regardless of location.

9:12am: Yesterday we heard that the Rockies are out of the running for Roy Oswalt, but today Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports that they've been quietly pursuing Hiroki Kuroda. The right-hander is unlikely to return to the Dodgers following the Chris Capuano signing.

Kuroda, 37 in February, has pitched to a 3.23 ERA with 7.2 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 398 1/3 innings across 63 starts over the last two seasons. The Angels and Diamondbacks are said to have interest in him, and the Hiroshima Carp also have an offer out to their former hurler. Kuroda prefers the west coast, but it stands to reason that the Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals, and others would have interest if he was willing to move east. The Rockies reportedly have interest in Jeff Francis and Kevin Millwood as well.


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61 Comments on "Hiroki Kuroda Landscape “Wide Open”"


grownice
3 years 8 months ago

“Quietly pursuing”…Not anymore! Way to blow their cover MLBTR!

3 years 8 months ago

 Would like to see him in NY

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

They need him, that rotation is a joke

triple_play_baseball
3 years 8 months ago

Kershaw, Billingsley, Lilly, Capuano, Eovaldi…….

There are plenty of funnier jokes around the league

3 years 8 months ago

Gotta disagree with you on that example.

triple_play_baseball
3 years 8 months ago

Not saying it’s one of the better rotations out there, but to call it a joke is a bit much. Now if we’re talking lineups, then I’ll be the first to agree.

3 years 8 months ago

We can always joke about the Orioles rotation!

Triple Hawpes Brewed
3 years 8 months ago

Was referring to the Rockies…

triple_play_baseball
3 years 8 months ago

ooops

formerdraftpick
3 years 8 months ago

I like how they are quietly pursuing Hiroki Kuroda through a combination of the art of miming, Charades and sign language.  The first non verbal contract in MLB. 

ZZZZZIPPP
3 years 8 months ago

THE ART OF MIMING CHARADES AND SIGN LANGUAGE? WHAT KIND OF GAME IS THAT? HOW DO YOU MIME A MIME?

3 years 8 months ago

percentage chance he signs anywhere in MLB other than the Dodgers has to be less than 10%. hiroshima carp most likely.

3 years 8 months ago

Anywhere other than Angels/Dodgers = 0%.

strikethree
3 years 8 months ago

He’s been one of the best pitchers from Japan to crossover. It’ll be a damn shame to see him leave. 
Keep the talent in the majors and send Igawa back.

3 years 8 months ago

C’mon Brian Cashman ……. Kuroda would be a great fit in NY.

AJCBE
3 years 8 months ago

Ninja pursuit. Clever. 

doyers
3 years 8 months ago

I dont think he will sign with tthe rox since he wanted to stay with the dodgers or go back to japan and pitch with the hiroshima carp who have already offered him a contract.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 8 months ago

He’d make more playing here, but we know he’s very unlikely to leave the LA area. If the Angels don’t sign him, I’d say he’s going back to Japan. FWIW, the Dodgers haven’t officially said that they are no longer pursuing him. Still an outside chance, I guess.

3 years 8 months ago

The Angels will pay him.

Taylor Haberle
3 years 8 months ago

Rockies kept those talks under wraps. 

Gmail User
3 years 8 months ago

Rockies are in on him until it turns out that he actually wants to be paid in money rather than Taco Bell salsa packets. Won’t happen, wallets too tight.

3 years 8 months ago

All things equal, I’d imagine he’d choose the Angels.

mmiller54
3 years 8 months ago

He’s going to pick the dbacks!

Johnny S.
3 years 8 months ago

I remember Yankees were thinking about trading for Kuroda , not to be stereotypical but if Sox get Darvish , Kuroda would be a perfect counter strike 

BobbyJohn
3 years 8 months ago

He’s certainly the type of pitcher the Rockies have been saying they are after, and I think he profiles well for Coors with his GB/FB ratio and low walk rate.

Karkat
3 years 8 months ago

Ben Cherington’s men are hiding in the bushes outside Kuroda’s home as we speak, ready to strike (with a two year contract + option)

johnsilver
3 years 8 months ago

Hey.. Not greedy here.. If boston can get just 1 former NPB pitcher, I’ll settle for ex Sox reliever Saito again.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 8 months ago

I hate Ned Colletti so much right now.

nietzschesass
3 years 8 months ago

Aren’t you a Carp fan?

crashcameron
3 years 8 months ago

Mike or Hiroshima?

CAD_Monkey
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, but from these rumors it sounds like he’s willing to stay in the US, possibly to pitch for a division rival.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 8 months ago

i’m pretty sure i hate him worse.

3 years 8 months ago

I seriously doubt Kuroda would sign in Colorado, thats just me though..

SierraM363
3 years 8 months ago

A nice replacement for Lackey.

Lunchbox45
3 years 8 months ago

no one commented on this?

MaineSox
3 years 8 months ago

Just noticed it, but I’m not really sure how to respond other than “yeah, maybe.”  Depending on what else they do in the rotation Kuroda, on a short term deal, might not be too bad.

3 years 8 months ago

why would Kuroda go anywhere now when he wouldn’t go to a contender for month to try to win a ring?