The Yankees are negotiating with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal, but the Angels have now joined the Red Sox, the Dodgers, and the Hiroshima Carp as teams who are also vying for his services, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The Angels have lost three starters already this offseason, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, and Zack Greinke, although they are trying to re-sign Greinke. They feel that Kuroda would be a good fit because of his success in the American League this season and his familiarity with Los Angeles.
Kuroda has already turned down the Yankees qualifying offer of $13.3 million and are trying to keep him on a one-year deal. He’s said to be open to it at a higher rate than the qualifying offer, but other teams may be willing to offer him two-year deals. The Yankees seem adverse to giving out two year deals as they try to lower payroll to $189 million by 2014.
The Yankees have already missed out on potential targets David Ross and Torii Hunter this offseason because they are focused on re-signing Kuroda. So they have a lot at stake here because losing Kuroda would obviously hurt their rotation for next year, but it also would have cost them a decent replacement for Russell Martin and Nick Swisher.