Update: So it turns out that the rumor that Kuroda is choosing between the Yankees and going back to Japan is false. At least if you believe Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, who reports that a person close to Kuroda said that if he doesn’t accept the Yankees qualifying offer that he will be open to signing with other clubs. Supposedly he even has a list of teams he’s willing to go to. Got to imagine the Dodgers, his former team, are on that list.
Original post: The Red Sox are just looking to be a pain in the Yankees side today. First the news that they are looking at Tino Martinez as their next hitting coach and now we hear, via Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, that they have reached out to Hiroki Kuroda as well.
The Yankees have offered Kuroda a $13.3 million qualifying offer this offseason and while they are waiting for a response (due Friday at 5:00p.m.) we’ve heard rumors that he is choosing between the Yankees and heading back to Japan. Still, it can’t hurt the Red Sox to talk to him. At the very least that could drive up his price tag for the Yankees and potentially could really hurt the Yankees by taking away one of their pitching options while making the Sox better at the same time.
My guess is that this is more about driving up his price. Hopefully he accepts the qualifying offer by tomorrow evening and we don’t have to worry about any of this.