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Diamondbacks couldn’t get Hiroki Kuroda to say yes

Dec 19, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

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Two weeks ago the Diamondbacks reportedly made Hiroki Kuroda a contract offer, but general manager Kevin Towers revealed today that they couldn’t get the free agent right-hander to give them an answer.

Arizona signed Jason Kubel instead, paying $15 million over two years for a left fielder who isn’t even a clear upgrade over incumbent Gerardo Parra.

Apparently the money was burning a hole in Towers’ pocket, although it seems odd that he’d spend it on an outfielder rather than turning his attention to a different starting pitcher.

It’s possible that the Kubel signing could allow the Diamondbacks to trade Parra for pitching help, but Towers indicated to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that they plan to keep him in a part-time role.

For now Arizona’s front four is Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, and Josh Collmenter, and the Diamondbacks have plenty of good pitching prospects to compete for the final rotation spot if they opt against a veteran pickup.

  1. alang3131982 - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Towers shoulda gone to Jared

    • djpostl - Dec 19, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      What a monumental waste of money by the D’backs.

      • djpostl - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:44 PM

        Oh cute. The three D’backs fans who know how to navigate the Internet found the “thumbs down” button.

  2. singingfriar - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:15 PM


  3. mianfr - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    I mean, sure Parra is a better fielder and posted the higher wOBA last year, but Kubel has years of being coached by Ron Gardenhire going for him, and you just can’t put a price on doing the little things right.

  4. genericcommenter - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Is this the team with like 8 utility/backup infielders that hit sub-Mendoza and all have multi-year deals?

  5. lostsok - Dec 19, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Arizona has a ton of talent. As a Dodger fan, I can only be thrilled their paying big money for inferior guys.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Dec 20, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    There’s a snake in my boot!

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