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Report: Hiroki Kuroda open to deals to Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers

Jul 30, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Want more conflicting information on Hiroki Kuroda? Sure you do.

According to Gordon Edes of, Kuroda has indicated to the Dodgers that he is open to deals with the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers.

While Jon Heyman of mentioned those same three teams as finalists earlier in the day, a friend of Kuroda told him that he would be surprised if he accepted a trade out of Los Angeles.

3:05 PM: We still don’t know if Hiroki Kuroda has any desire to leave Los Angeles, but teams are still jockeying for position to acquire him.

According to Jon Heyman of, the Yankees, Red Sox and Rangers are the “final three” teams in the mix to acquire Kuroda in advance of tomorrow’s trade deadline.

Not surprisingly, we’ve heard conflicting information on the matter today. ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Yankees have taken the lead over the Red Sox in talks while his colleague Buster Olney says the two clubs have not spoken about Kuroda recently.

Kuroda owns a 6-13 record this season, but it distracts from a quality 3.11 ERA and 103/36 K/BB ratio over 133 innings.

Jon Paul Morosi of reported earlier this week that the 36-year-old right-hander could carry draft pick compensation as a Type B free agent this winter. Kuroda is still owed $6.7 million on his contract, most of it in the form of a signing bonus, so this remaining financial obligation could have a major impact on what the Dodgers receive in return.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    That leaves Jimenez for Toronto.

  2. patsandsox - Jul 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    I hope the Sox are not serious. These NL pitchers almost never work out in the AL east.

    • spudchukar - Jul 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

      Yeah, that Josh Beckett has really been a bust.

  3. PastyRasta - Jul 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    D.J. according to several Dodger blogs Kuroda’s salary for the rest of the season isn’t $6.7 million
    Eric Stephen at SB nation LA and True Blue LA says “Kuroda signed a $12 million, one-year deal last winter, though $4 million of that is a deferred bonus, so his true 2011 salary is $8 million. Any team trading for him on July 31 would be on the hook for roughly $2.58 million”

    The Dodgers are on the hook for the deferred bonus not the team trading for him which makes him a much more affordable 2 month rental. I’m not %100 percent sure about the deferred bonus but that’s what several Dodger blogs have reported. Just an FYI.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 30, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      No, unless the Dodgers explicitly agree to pay it, Kuroda’s new team would be on the hook for the bonus.

  4. PastyRasta - Jul 30, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Like I said I wasn’t totally sure about the bonus but found it curious that the blogs were reporting that any potential trade partner would only be on the hook for 2.58 million.

  5. PastyRasta - Jul 30, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Well so much for all the speculation about who would be paying Kuroda’s $4 million bonus. I am absolutely shocked a 6 and 13 pitcher on a near last place team wouldn’t waive his no trade clause to try and win a championship. Unbelievable

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