MLB Trade Rumors: Yankees and Red Sox in Rare Turn Concerning Hiroki Kuroda
There is a startling truth in Major League Baseball, whether you like it or not. The Yankees and Red Sox always get their men. That, for once, does not seem to be the case.
Both teams are looking at all possible angles to secure an innings eater for a late season push. They need an arm they can feel safe in throwing on the bump during the post season, securing another October for their respective franchises.
The name that gets bandied about the most between the two is the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda. The Japanese pitcher is unheralded, but stout. His 3.11 ERA makes him the most desired 6-game winner in baseball.
The only problem is Kuroda has a full no-trade clause that he is happily exercising. More often than not, teams like the Yankees and Red Sox would throw cash at the problem, and have the player see the light.
The old tactic is not working, and Kuroda remains in Dodger blue. If you think that a trade is inevitable, think again.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe writes how dire the outlook is for the two teams to get their man.
Kuroda has little desire to leave the Dodgers and would invoke his no-trade clause to block deals to the East Coast. There have been similar reports by other media outlets. Quite often, these issues vanish when the proper financial incentive is applied. But in this case, Kuroda is not using his leverage to get a few more dollars. He legitimately does not want to leave southern California.
There is something to be said for a player that cares little for money. Kuroda has a home with the Dodgers, and he values that.
We often see players swayed by a more lucrative offer. An extension with the Yankees or Red Sox would be far more than the bankrupt Dodgers could afford. It may not make fiscal sense, but I applaud it.
This is the first, and most likely last, we will see of the two evil empires failing to get their man. The surprises keep coming in this wild week of trade rumors and speculation.
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