Hiroki Kuroda Rumors: Thursday

Here's the latest on Hiroki Kuroda, who can now add the Red Sox to his growing list of suitors.  The newest items are at the top of the page…

  • Kuroda isn't limiting his choices to the Yankees or a return to Japan, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.  "I never said anything like that," Kuroda explains, adding that he is open to several options and hasn't yet made any decisions.  (Both links go to Hernandez's Twitter account.)
  • Several teams are interested in Kuroda and some have discussed two-year contracts, reports Dylan Hernandez.  The Dodgers are among the teams who have contacted Kuroda's representatives at the Octagon agency.  (Both links to Twitter.)
  • Kuroda is the Dodgers' "top choice" for the pitching staff, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.  The Dodgers are checking in on most of the top free agent arms this offseason though Kuroda is a known quantity, having pitched for L.A. in his first four years in the majors.
  • While Kuroda is open to signing a one-year contract, such a deal would have to "significantly" top the Yankees' one-year, $13.3MM qualifying offer, a source tells Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe (Twitter link).

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