If the Los Angeles Angels cannot strike a deal with Zack Greinke or Dan Haren, the team will try to go after the next best thing; the Angels are interested in free agent right-handed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Being without Haren and Greinke leaves a huge hole in the back of the Angels rotation and Kuroda could be the man to fill that hole.
Kuroda signed a one-year deal with the New York Yankees last season, and recorded a career-high 16 wins with a 3.32 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 33 games. It was a pretty good season for him, considering that he moved to a big market and that Japanese pitchers do not usually fare well in the Bronx.
The only thing that is setting Kuroda back is his age. He is 37-years old, but, to some teams, still has a lot of talent left to be used. The Angels along with the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are all teams that will be fighting for Kuroda’s services this offseason.
The Dodgers will be looking to bring back Kuroda after one season without him. In four years with the club, Kuroda was 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA and 523 strikeouts. The Dodgers will have a solid rotation behind Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett, but Kuroda will certainly shore it up a bit.
The Yankees and Red Sox both need Kuroda, because both of their rotations are in a bit of disarray.
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