Angels Interested In Hiroki Kuroda

3:16pm: The Angels are interested in Kuroda but only as a fall-back option in case they're unable to re-sign Zack Greinke, reports MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. They probably can't afford to sign both right-handers.

12:02pm: The Angels have joined the Yankees, Dodgers, and Red Sox as teams with interest in Hiroki Kuroda, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The Yankees are still negotiating and hope to bring him back for 2013 before he finishes his career in Japan, which the right-hander says he will do.

Kuroda, 37, pitched to a 3.32 ERA in a career-high 219 2/3 innings for New York this season. He's open to signing another one-year contract so he can remain flexible and return to Japan after the season, if he chooses. The Yankees made Kuroda a qualifying offer and would receive draft pick compensation if he signs with another team.

Tim Dierkes ranked Kuroda as the ninth best free agent in his Top 50 Free Agents List, predicting he would re-sign with New York.



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