At last year’s trade deadline the Yankees tried to make a deal for Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda only to be told that he wouldn’t waive his no trade clause to leave Los Angeles. This time around he is not only willing to leave LA, but the NL as well and has both the Yankees and the Red Sox pursuing him, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.
The Yankees not only tried to trade for him in July, but also tried to sign him last offseason. They still like him a year later, but don’t like his asking price of $12-$13 million. So if they are still pursuing him, this could mean that his price tag is dropping a bit or maybe they haven’t completely forgotten that they are the Yankees.
Or this could just be his agent spreading rumors to keep other teams from making low-ball offers thinking that the Yankees aren’t involved. Either way, the last thing we heard about Kuroda was that he was close to signing with a mystery team that isn’t the Yankees. So if he’s still out on the market generating rumors there is still a chance. We’ll continue to follow him.