MLB Rumors: Boston Red Sox Targeting Hiroki Kuroda, Anibal Sanchez

By Ryan Gaydos

The Boston Red Sox have a lot of work to do this off-season to have the team return to glory and even make the club more competitive than it was last season. In doing so, the Red Sox are targeting starting pitchers this off-season already having their eyes set on Anibal Sanchez and Hiroki Kuroda.

Sanchez was a Ben Cherington product when the current Red Sox GM was still the head of the Red Sox scouting department in 2001. Eleven years later, Sanchez has only played for two teams spending the majority of his career with the Miami Marlins before getting traded to the Detroit Tigers last season. In 2012, Sanchez was 9-13 with a 3.86 ERA in 31 starts. Sanchez produced a K/9 ratio of 7.7 and a 3.48 K/BB ratio last season. Cherington would love to have Sanchez back in the Boston organization.

Kuroda is coming off his first season with the rival New York Yankees. Kuroda recorded a career-high 16 wins in 2012 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts for the team last season. Kuroda was a bright spot in the Yankees rotation that did not have many aside from CC Sabathia. He stepped into a world of his own in the big media market that is New York.

Kuroda would be open to signing a one-year deal with any team and is expected to garner a qualifying offer from the Yankees.

Aside from Boston and New York, the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are just some teams that could have interest in his services this season.

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