Rumor: Angels join the Dodgers, Red Sox in persuit of Hiroki Kuroda

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.

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3 Responses to Rumor: Angels join the Dodgers, Red Sox in persuit of Hiroki Kuroda

  1. Greg Corcoran says:

    I never understood how you could be so focused on signing one player that you can't make an offer to anyone else. It's not like they're sitting at a table with Kuroda around the clock. Even if Cashman was doing that, he has other people who could negotiate, including Steinbrenner himself.

    • As far as I know Steinbrenner has never really sat down and negotiated with anybody besides Derek Jeter. But you do make a good point. I think that because of their tight budget, self imposed or not, they are kind of handcuffed as to what they can do until certain things are settled. Maybe they would have made Hunter or Ross an offer if they had known they weren't spending $15 million on Kuroda. Or maybe it's just an excuse.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    My sense is that they were never open to Hunter because they wouldn't go past 1 year, same with Ross. When you're not giving out multi-year deals to new players, you focus on retention.