MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Rushing to Deal Hiroki Kuroda
There is no team in Major League Baseball that is in worse shape financially then the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the organization still claims they are not dumping salary.
Los Angles can play coy all they want, but the world knows about the team’s financial woes, and this move would help alleviate some of those issues.
Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is a solid fourth or fifth starter, and any team in the playoff hunt would kill for an arm like his in the rotation. The problem is that Los Angeles needs the pitching, so saying that this would be anything but dumping money is untrue.
With the Trade Deadline Sunday afternoon, Colletti indicated he might need to present Kuroda with a destination by Saturday. "I'm not going to be able to spring it on him at 12:30 Sunday," he said. "He needs time to contemplate what he wants to do." Colletti said he's "under no orders to shed salary." Kuroda is owned about $4 million this year and will be a free agent after this season.
Kuroda will make a good back of the rotation addition to any team on the edge of contending, and the Dodgers can not only shed the salary they are desperately trying to avoid, but they can get some solid long-term prospects for the franchise.
While the prospects will be a great addition, it’s all for not if MLB and Frank McCourt figure out how to keep one of baseball’s hottest commodities alive.
The fact that it has gotten this bad shows both how incompetent Frank McCourt’s divorce has left him, and how little Bud Selig really knows about the everyday actions of each club.
Way to go Bud Selig.
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