Dec 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT
Now that Hiroki Kuroda is willing to sign with someone other than the Dodgers plenty of teams are interested in the 36-year-old starter and Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports that he’s in serious discussions with the Diamondbacks.
In fact, according to Henson a deal with Arizona “could get done this week” if Kuroda is willing to drop his demand for second-year player option.
Kuroda hasn’t ruled out returning to Japan, but with the Dodgers apparently out of the picture now there should be enough interest from MLB contenders to get him a one-year deal in excess of $10 million.
Kuroda is often left out of discussions about No. 1 starters, but he logged 202 innings with a 3.03 ERA this year and has a 3.45 ERA in 114 career starts.
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