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The Dodgers are looking Kuroda, Harang, Capuano and Francis

Nov 17, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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The Dodgers have a Cy Young Award winner in their rotation, but they’re looking to round it out with some more moderate talent.  Specifically, as Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports, they are wanting to sign either (a) Hiroki Kuroda; Aaron Harang; Chris Capuano; or Jeff Francis.

None of them — with the arguable exception of Kuroda — are near the top tier of available pitching at the moment. But that’s kind of what the Dodgers have to look at, considering that they don’t have a ton to spend at the moment.

Funny thing about pitching in the offseason, though, is that a guy who last September looked like hamburger looks way more like steak over the winter.  Even the guys who aren’t top-tier get snapped up just like everyone else, so there will be competition for all of these arms.

  1. APBA Guy - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    The last 2 seasons with the Dodgers Kuroda’s been good for 398 innings and around a 3.25 ERA. Why wouldn’t they want that on a short term deal, say 1 + an option. If he blows up it’s low exposure, but he says he likes (loves?) LA, and obviously he knows how to pitch there.

    • Old Gator - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:18 PM

      Kuroda, Harang, Capuano and Francis? Good grief, doesn’t that team retain enough law firms already?

      • lanflfan - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:47 PM

        Nah, ol’ Fightin’ Frank McCourt never met a law firm he won’t hire, fire and sue for screwing him over.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Those dollar socks look good on the store shelf until you run them through the washer a few times.

  3. lanflfan - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    Love to have Kuroda back, but at 12 mil might be too pricey.

    Harang is a definite maybe.

    No thanks to Capuano and Francis. I remember beating the stuff out of Francis on many occasions when he was with Colorado.

  4. lostsok - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Francis in LA might be a solid #5. He’ll be death on the road to everywhere but Bark Park, though.

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