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UPDATE: Hiroki Kuroda is “considering all options”

Dec 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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UPDATE: With the Dodgers off the table, Ken Rosenthal of was told by a source that Hiroki Kuroda is now “considering all options,” including offers from major-league teams regardless of location as well an offer to return home to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp. For what it’s worth, the expectation is that he could earn more with a major-league club than in Japan.

11:40 AM: The Dodgers signed left-hander Chris Capuano to a two-year, $10 million contract yesterday, which effectively signified as a goodbye to Hiroki Kuroda. Many believe that the veteran right-hander would rather go back to Japan than pitch for another team in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped other MLB teams from expressing interest.

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “have quietly pursued” Kuroda and believe they may have a decent chance of signing him based on “preliminary conversations.” However, it’s not clear whether they have had any direct talks with Kuroda’s agent.

Kuroda, who turns 37 in February, lost 16 games for a lousy Dodgers team this season, but posted a 3.07 ERA and 161/49 K/BB ratio over 202 innings. He has a 3.45 ERA since coming over to the United States in 2008, which is better than fellow National League hurlers Roy Oswalt, Yovani Gallardo, Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley. There aren’t many quality free agent starting pitchers available this winter, so he could fetch a pretty nice contract if he elects to stick around.

The Rockies are no longer in the running for Oswalt, but also remain interested in Kevin Millwood and Jeff Francis.

  1. cup0pizza - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    The pursuit isn’t as quiet now. The guy is pretty adamant about only playing for the Dodgers or possibly Angels stateside, so I’d be surprised if he lands in Denver. Kurosawa has this honor over money philosophy that’s foreign to this culture.

  2. cup0pizza - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Not Kurosawa…..iPad auto-correct got me. I know it’s kuroda. Sorry.

    • jwbiii - Dec 3, 2011 at 4:04 PM

      But which character in “Rashomon” do you believe most?

  3. cup0pizza - Dec 4, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    Looking like dbacks or Rockies. Kuroda has done a 180 as far as where he’ll play, but whatever. Too bad he blocked being dealt to Boston at the most recent trade deadline.

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