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The Dodgers — or the Angels — may be the favorites to land Hiroki Kuroda

Nov 16, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

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Hiroki Kuroda is likely to sign a one-year deal. Maybe back with the Yankees. Possibly up in Boston.  But Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles says that the smart money may be on L.A. Why?  Family:

Previously, teams have been under the impression that Kuroda would either re-sign with the New York Yankees or return to his native Japan to finish his career. But Kuroda has told friends that his first preference is to pitch in Southern California, where his two daughters are attending elementary school.

These “player x wants to be in location y because of non-baseball reason z” reports don’t have a great track record of bearing out.  If they did, CC Sabathia would be pitching in California right now.  But it’s a data point worth thinking about.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Craig, every single player is different, do not use C.C. under that same category. Sabathia was all about money, always was. He laughed at the idea the Indians offered him a $20 Million a year contract, if he had been about family, he would have stayed then. Because this was coming off a 97 win season, and back then, the Indians had every indication they would continue winning, then of course C.C. had a bad first half, and the rest they say is history. Kuroda from all indications never wanted to leave Los Angeles in the first place, it was the Dodgers who weren’t interested.

    • paperlions - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      CC is one example…almost every player that touts family reasons for a decision wind up making the decision based on something else, usually money…sometimes winning. Yes, players are somewhat different….despite those differences, they mostly make decisions based on the same set of priorities. I am not saying there is anything wrong with those priorities, just that it is true.

  2. kingscourt25 - Nov 16, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    But CC would probably be pitching for the Dodgers if Frank McCourt wasn’t their owner during the time or the Giants if they decided to go after him.

  3. losangelesfan - Nov 16, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    CC wanted to be a Dodger in ’08.

    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark on Monday that he ran into the free agent on Sunday night in a hotel lobby and the left-hander told him that he wants to be a Dodger.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3755609

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    moneys on yanks….we need him back otherwise Jays Os and rays are running for presidents of the east…man that division can be backwards that would be TRIPPY….TRIPPY WITH EXTACY SUJSJEJSUEKVEAPWJ

    • protius - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      Could you rewrite this in something coherent, like English or Spanish?

  5. bigharold - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Sabathia is not a good comparison because the Yankees offered more money than ANY other team by far. If I remember correctly the Brewer’s offered him about 95 million and the Yankees initial offer was about 140 million and when that didn’t work they bumped it by about 25 mil. When other teams saw that it was apparent Sabathia would end up with the Yankees.

    The real issue is will the Yankees offer him much more than other teams in order to keep him.

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 17, 2012 at 7:55 AM

      If he does not resign with the Yankees, what will the Yankees do?

      • protius - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Beat the crap out of the Jays.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        Halucinating again?

      • protius - Nov 17, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Tsk, tsk, tsk, what’s the matter Canuck, have you become so sensitized that your first reaction to a little teasing is to cover up? I thought you were better than that.

      • bigharold - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:33 AM

        “..what will the Yankees do?”

        Maybe they’ll just forfit the season??

        Or, maybe they deal with it when itin fact becomes a reality? I’m sure they’ll figure it out. Besides, the Jays finished 22 behind the Yankees so just losing Kuroda isn’t making up that difference.

  6. lazlosother - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Interetsting. Rumor last year was that he wanted to pitch on the West Coast, yet he went to NY. I wouldn’t give much credence to this. If Kuroda stays in the US, he will sign with a team that has a chance to win.

    Don’t know which team he sees as having a chance to win.

    • lazlosother - Nov 16, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Interesting. Dammit.

    • fhuizar - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      I dont think any west coast teams were interested

      Last season Dodgers couldn’t spend bc of the McCourts

      And the angels were focused on CJ Wilson

      This off season both teams need pitching and have the money

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