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Saturday rumors: Kuroda, A's and more

Posted on: December 3, 2011 8:39 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 9:39 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Saturday's the last day at home for a couple of days for most in baseball, as the winter meetings kick off Monday in Dallas -- and that goes for reporters, as well. That meant a rather light day in rumors, but expect things to pick up on Sunday and then go fast and furious on Monday. Last year news of Jayson Werth's deal with the Nationals came on the day before the start of the meetings, so that goes to show things don't just go down in the hotel lobby.

Hiroki KurodaThe news of Chris Capuano's signing with the Dodgers seemed to signal the end of Hiroki Kuroda's time in Los Angeles, and maybe even his time in the United States. However, the Rockies are pursuing Kuroda (Denver Post). Kuroda's also been mentioned as a possibility for the Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Angels, Rangers and others. Kuroda blocked deals to the Tigers and Red Sox last season. WEEI.com reports Kuroda is open to pitching in Boston. His former team in Japan, the Hiroshima Carp, have also offered him a contract.

The A's could be popular in Dallas, as the team has pitching for sale. "I wouldn't rule anybody out," assistant GM David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle. The A's are looking for an outfielder in return. Closer Andrew Bailey is among the most popular trade targets on the team, already drawing attention from the Rangers, Blue Jays, Reds, Padres, Mets and Mariners. (Chicago Tribune)

Someone put in a bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Seibu Lions are expected to accept the bid, regardless of the amount. (Kyodo News)

Matt Garza's agent told the Cubs' right-hander to prepare for "an active winter meetings." Garza told him he'd be in Italy. Garza was dealt from the Rays to the Cubs last offseason and is under team control through 2013. The Cubs have let it be known that they're open to trading just about anyone. (MLB.com)

The Rockies are interested in Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka. The left-handed hitter played in just 49 games this past season for the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters because of an ankle injury, but is said to be healthy now. (FoxSports.com)

The Red Sox will meet with Bob Garber, the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt, during the winter meetings. (Boston Herald)

Not many have thought that Rays general manager Andrew Friedman would consider taking the Astros' GM job, but free agent outfielder Johnny Damon seems to think it's a possibility. "He's not going to sign me and then leave," Damon told the Boston Globe of Friedman. "If he goes to Houston, his hometown, he's going to try and bring me along with him. That's where my waiting game is." Damon also said he told David Ortiz to play in New York and take advantage of the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.

Casey Blake is drawing interest from nine teams, including the Indians. He can play both corner outfield spots and both corner infield spots. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

The White Sox are looking to trade for a starter and an outfielder and are dangling John Danks, Gavin Floyd, Carlos Quentin and Matt Thornton. Among the teams that could be a match are the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Reds and Braves. (Chicago Tribune)

Tim WakefieldKnuckleballer Tim Wakefield said he has a "strong desire" to pitch for the Red Sox next season. The 45-year-old needs seven wins to surpass Roger Clemens and Cy Young as the franchise's all-time leader. (Boston Herald)

The Reds held their annual RedsFest in Cincinnati this weekend, so there's plenty of news from the banks of the Ohio thanks to the media availability of GM Walt Jocketty, manager Dusty Baker and most of the team's roster and top prospects. Jocketty said the team is looking for a "top of the rotation" starter and have targeted six different players, but didn't name any of them. Jocketty also said the team had looked at Detroit infielder Ramon Santiago as a backup shortstop, and would ideally like to sign a left-handed hitter or switch hitter to back up Zack Cozart (Cincinnati Enquirer). Baker said the team is looking both internally and externally for a closer, but will not have a closer by committee to replace Francisco Cordero (MLB.com). 

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Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:17 am
 

Saturday rumors: Kuroda, A's and more

Kuroda's also been mentioned as a possibility for the , , , , and others.
Who is doing this mentioning? Hiroki Kuroda already shot down the Boston Red Sox and according to Yahoo Sports is really drawing the most serious interest from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The are looking to trade for a starter and an outfielder and are dangling , , and . Among the teams that could be a match are the Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Nationals, Reds and . ()
I don't want to see any of these players in a Yankees uniform, especially if it means having to part with Manny Banuelos and/or Jesus Montero. Danks while a quality starting pitcher is a free agent at the end of the 2012 season and I am sure he will be testing the free agent market along with a whole lot of other pitchers who will be free agents at the end of next season. Floyd can be passed on as well. He has not had a good year since 2008 and is only 3 games over .500 for his career. No thanks. Quentin will turn 30 this coming August which means there is not a whole lot left to his career arc. At best he has three good seasons left before regression really starts to kick in. No thanks. Thornton is 35 years old and is clearly regressing. Pass on him as well.
Damon also said he told to play in New York and take advantage of the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium.
I think Johnny still has some ill feelings towards the Red Sox despite anything he says to the contrary.


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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:08 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Saturday rumors: Kuroda, A's and more

I can't wait to see failed deals!



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:30 pm
 

Saturday rumors: Kuroda, A's and more

Can't wait to see some failed deals!



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:23 pm
 

Saturday rumors: Kuroda, A's and more

“I have a strong desire to pitch one more year for the Red Sox,” Wakefield said.
The 45-year-old needs seven wins to surpass Roger Clemens and Cy Young as the franchise's all-time leader.
He'll need more than one year to get 7 wins. If he hadn't been so awful the last 2 years he'd already have this record. No way does Boston bring him back; doing so would be to throw in the towel before the season even starts.




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