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Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.

Starting rotation depth, now and then

Reading about Hiroki Kuroda's start yesterday, and watching it on TV, it occurred to me how welcome the Japanese right-hander would've been in Yankees camp a year ago. In light of Cliff Lee opting for the Phillies and Andy Pettitte opting for retirement, Kuroda would have stood as the second starting pitcher, behind only CC Sabathia and ahead of less reliable options like A.J. Burnett, Bartolo...

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Yu Darvish, Carlos Beltran, Gio Gonzalez and John Danks

Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish of Nippon-Ham Fighters shouts

(Credit: Getty Images)

Hope that everyone had a good week and good holiday. First, let's catch up. Then we'll discuss what's on tap for this week. Four big transactions: 1. The Rangers won the rights to Yu Darvish. It's a mild surprise, only because Texas worked so hard in recent weeks to lower expectations on this front not only in the media, but in the baseball world, as well. Just mild, however, because the Rangers...

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Yu Darvish, Daisuke Matsuzaka and the bravado deficit

Japan starter Yu Darvish pitches against South Korea

(Credit: AP)

Time plays tricks with the human memory. I appreciate that. Having written that, what I recall from five years ago, when the Seibu Lions posted Daisuke Matsuzaka, is the excitement over his impending arrival in Major League Baseball. The electric gossip about who was going to win the bidding for him. The excitement among Red Sox officials, Mets officials, Rangers officials...heaps of bravado, really,...

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