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Report: Kuroda on waivers, Yankees interested

According to Ken Rosethal, with the August 31 waiver deadline near the Dodgers have placed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda on waivers, and the Yankees are going to be interested.

Kuroda is owed approximately $2.7 million through the end of 2010 and will be free agent after the season.

Rosenthal reports a rival executive told him, “I guarantee the Yankees are all over it.”

With Javier Vazquez skidding through a patch of dead arm, A.J. Burnett struggling to find consistency and Andy Pettitte mending a strained groin, Kuroda would be an intriguing option for the Yanks down the stretch.

Since making his debut in 2008, Kuroda, now 35, has gotten better with experience. This year, he’s turning in his finest season in the Majors, and despite an 8-11 mark, he has a 3.48 ERA with a K/9 IP of 7.2.

The question though of course concerns the Yanks’ placement in the waiver line. Because they’re not in the Dodgers’ league and have the best record in the AL, the Yanks have the lowest preference for a claim. The Red Sox or Rays could attempt to block the claim if it passes into the AL, or Wild Card contenders like Philadelphia and Colorado could use the boost.

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