MLB Trade Deadline: What Hiroki Kuroda Could Mean for Boston Red Sox
The Los Angeles Dodgers are a complete and utter mess right now, and the team will essentially be gutted within the next year or so. One name that has been thrown around all month long is that of pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. In 2011, Kuroda has gone 6-13 despite a 3.11 ERA. He's a great pitcher, but the Dodgers' offense gives him next to no support.
At this point, the two teams that appear to be most in the mix for the Japanese right-hander are the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. According to a tweet by ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Dodgers are talking with the Red Sox about sending the pitcher to Boston for a prospect.
Simply put, the Red Sox need to acquire Kuroda if they want to clinch the AL East. That entire rotation is hit or miss after Josh Beckett and considering how hot the team's offense has been as of late, Kuroda could easily go undefeated for the rest of the season. Throw in his expiring contract, and this guy can basically be acquired for pennies on the dollar, depending on which prospects are involved.
However, if the Red Sox choose not to acquire Kuroda, then they are setting themselves up for something with which they are all too familiar: a standings comeback by the Yankees. It's certainly going to be interesting as to what happens with Kuroda in the next 24 hours, for he surely has the potential to be a season-changer for whoever acquires him.
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