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Cubs interested in free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda

Dec 4, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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The Dodgers signed starter Chris Capuano to a two-year, $10 million contract on Friday, thus pulling themselves out of the running for Hiroki Kuroda.

Now the Japanese right-hander is said to be considering “all options” in free agency.

Well, here’s an intriguing one:

According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, new Cubs president Theo Epstein has expressed interest in bringing Kuroda aboard this winter.

The 36-year-old registered a sparkling 3.07 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 32 starts this past year for Los Angeles, striking out 161 batters and issuing only 49 walks over 202 total innings. He’s also considering an offer to return home to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp, and he’ll surely get offers from other MLB teams.

  1. 2r2d - Dec 4, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    That would be interesting. I hope it doesn’t happen though

  2. ndrocks2 - Dec 4, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Bad move, dude pitches in a warm weather canyon and will be moving to a damp and windy band box and at 36?? he will be lucky to last a season with and ERA below 4.5.

  3. whatthehellisansky - Dec 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Kuroda will be a New York Yankee you heard it here first!

    • foreverchipper10 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      I thought he already said he did not want to be a Yankee. It is my understanding he wants to be a Dodger or return to Japan.

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