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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda is perhaps the best pitcher on this year’s trading block and there are several contenders in the American League inquiring about his services. The Indians, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are all looking at him, so the price for Kuroda could be steep.
But the price would be worth it for the Indians, who remain in contention even after several difficult stretches this season. They have plenty of pitchers within the organization they could offer in return for Kuroda and his arm would bring stability to a rotation that has been inconsistent throughout the year.
Kuroda and his 3.11 ERA would fit nicely at the top of the Indians rotation after Justin Masterson and a Kuroda-Masterson combination would be hard to stop in a best-of-five playoff series.