MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Hiroki Kuroda

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MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Possible Destinations for Hiroki Kuroda
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda might very well be the most underrated pitcher in all of baseball.

He has a mediocre career win-loss record of 32-33, but his career ERA is very solid at 3.57. 

Much of Kuroda's success can be attributed to his ability to consistently throw strikes, but at the same time limit home runs allowed.

Kuroda, who will be a free agent after the season, turned 36 years old in January. He has spent some time on the DL over the last four seasons, but has not suffered any serious injuries throughout that time. 

While the Dodgers would seemingly want to keep Kuroda in their rotation, as they are only three games back in the NL West standings, it would not be surprising if they traded him for a couple reasons.

For one thing, the Dodgers are one of the few teams in all of baseball that can afford to lose a starting pitcher. They currently have four other reliable starting pitchers on their roster and potentially a fifth with Vicente Padilla. If the Dodgers can trade Kuroda and get a bat or multiple relief pitchers in return, then they would be better off overall.

As well, the Dodgers are in a very complicated situation financially and may want to shed some of the $11 million that Kuroda is owed through the end of the season. If the Dodgers fall out of playoff contention before the July 31st trade deadline, don't be surprised to see Kuroda on the move.

Here are five possible destinations for Kuroda.

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