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Yankees, Mets, trade rumors, free agents, off-the-wall predictions and other MLB musings.
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 Colon...Read more »
While I was gallivanting at a super-secret location, Anthony Rieber earned his salary covering a very busy baseball week. So let's play our favorite winter blog game - catch up - and check in on all of the major happenings.
We'll go in reverse chronological order:
Friday: The Yankees acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from Seattle in return for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi, and...Read more »
Here's my proposed gameplan for the 2012 Mets, who will likely begin the season with David Wright aboard. Terry Collins addressed life without Jose Reyes.
The Yankees are indeed interested in Hiroki Kuroda.
Congratulations to the late Ron Santo, a worthy addition to the Hall of Fame. While the Veterans Committee would never admit such a thing, there had to be pressure to elect someone...Read more »
Sure, there have been a few blips during the last 12 months when we thought, "Hey, Jose Reyes might actually stay with the Mets." But we usually snapped back to our senses quickly, and now, once he passes a physical, Reyes will be a Marlin.
Here's my take, in which I contend that the Mets' recent history of incompetence failed to give them the benefit of the doubt on this decision...Read more »
Ubaldo Jimenez, Hiroki Kuroda, Koji Uehara, Doug Fister, Rafael Furcal, Derrek Lee, Orlando Cabrera and Jason Marqius
No, the answer to this post headline is not "Eight people who have never been in my kitchen."
Let's break down an extremely busy day:
--The Rockies traded Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, capping an amazing, two-week stretch in which the industry conventional wisdom went from "Ah, they're just measuring the price for him. They're not trading him" to "They're actually...Read more »
Joel Sherman offered his usual strong take today on the Yankees and their search for starting pitching, and I agree with him: No matter how badly the Yankees appear to need help, I can't see them overpaying for Ubaldo Jimenez or Hiroki Kuroda.
I'll contribute one addendum: This is not how July was supposed to proceed for the Yankees. When they whiffed on Cliff Lee and saw Andy Pettitte retire...Read more »
Greetings from the always lovely Citizens Bank Park. Let's roll through everything:
--The Carlos Beltran trade is official - of course it is. That's why I'm in Philly - and Sandy Alderson, in his telephone news conference - made it clear that Beltran's strong preference was to stay in the National League. Basically, Alderson indicated, the only way Beltran was considering an American League...Read more »
Check out Hiroki Kuroda's numbers since becoming a major-leaguer in 2008. The dude is a metronome. He's quite reliable for what he is.
But what is he? If you were running the Yankees and you acquired Kuroda, where would you slot him in your playoff starting rotation? How would his stuff play in the American League?
These are questions worth asking because Kuroda might wind up being...Read more »