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Hiroki Kuroda in demand, but still undecided

Jul 25, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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Hiroki Kuroda loves Los Angeles.  What’s still to be decided is how much he loves being a Dodger.

A baseball official with the all-to-common “knowledge of the situation” told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand that Kuroda will consider waiving his no-trade clause if presented with a deal to the Yankees or the Red Sox.

MLB.com’s Peter Gammons, responding to Rotoworld’s tweet on the subject, tweeted back that “he hasn’t made (a) decision.”

Besides the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez, who still seems like a major long shot to be dealt, Kuroda is the top starter available in trade talks.  The 36-year-old right-hander is 6-12 this season, but his ERA stands at 3.19 and he has a 97/33 K/BB ratio in 127 innings.

Interesting is that Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine is out of Double-A Trenton’s lineup for the second straight night tonight.  He’s believed to be healthy, so it could be a sign that he’s involved in some pending deal.  He’s likely someone the Dodgers would be interested in.

Kuroda has also been mentioned as a possibility for the Tigers, Indians and Rangers.

  1. dodger88 - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Hope something happens. Dodgers need a catcher……..and a third baseman……..and a first baseman……..and a left fielder………………………………………………..

    • losburrosinblue - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      and an owner….

  2. pisano - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    I thought the Yankees and Boston would have learned about Asian pitchers, but if a150,000,000. mil. beating combined for both teams isn’t enough of a lesson nothing will teach these two teams. This guy is no kid, he’s 36 years old, as my neighbor that was raised in Oklahoma used to say:” those boys got no learn in em.” A little raw with the grammar, but the point is made.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Jul 26, 2011 at 6:37 AM

      Ethnocentric and East Coast bias wrapped up in one stupid paragraph. Way to go.

  3. pisano - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Has nothing to do with ethnicity idiot, it has to do with the history of pitchers from Asia not holding up to the rigors of the major leagues. When most of these pitchers come here they have alot of innings under their belt and their preparation is much different than ours. You can count on one hand how many have been successful in the U.S. So before you start stating your ignorant opinion, do a little research and know what your writing about.

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