The Tigers need Hiroki Kuroda, right?
No one can deny it, the Phil Coke/Duane Below/Charlie Furbush experiment hasn’t panned out as Dave Dombrowski hoped.
Coke has been shipped back beyond the outfield wall, like so many of the fly balls he’s allowed.
Below has shown a complete inability to miss bats, sporting an embarrassing 2.79 K/9 at the major league level.
Furbush has been the most effective of the three, but the Tigers have smartly realized that he simply doesn’t have the raw stuff to stick in the rotation.
So here they sit, longing for a savior at the back end of the rotation.
As trade rumors fly across the Internet, testing the capacity of servers from coast to coast, Kuroda’s name keeps coming up in the same sentence as “Detroit Tigers."
He seems to be the perfect stopgap: a veteran rental who can fill the hole in the Tigers rotation and secure the team’s path to the playoffs.
With the Dodgers in financial turmoil, it would seem easy for a fairly deep-pocketed owner like Mike Illitch to bring Kuroda to Detroit by simply offering to pick up the tab on his salary. Of course, Kuroda himself could put a stop to the deal by refusing to waive his no-trade rights, but let’s assume that the Tigers can convince him to join the team.
So, adding Hiroki Kuroda will lock up the AL Central, right?
It seems like a simple move, but it’s unlikely that Kuroda will deliver on the expectations of Tiger fans.
Let’s take a look at five reasons why Hiroki Kuroda is more Jarrod Washburn than Doyle Alexander.
(All stats according to FanGraphs)