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Kuroda reportedly still undecided

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 08, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda spent four years with the Dodgers, so it’s little surprise that Los Angeles Times writer Dylan Hernandez had success reaching out to Kuroda today.

Hernandez reports that Kuroda has made no decisions about next season and “remains open to everything” on the night before he has to accept or reject the Yankee qualifying offer. It’s become clear this week that Kuroda has multiple teams interested, and he dismissed the idea that his choice is between the Yankees and a return to Japan.

“I never said anything like that,” Kuroda told Hernandez.

Meanwhile, absolutely no surprise that both Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher are reportedly planning to decline their qualifying offers. Mark Feinsand reports that Swisher has five teams already showing serious interest.

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182 Responses to “Kuroda reportedly still undecided”

  1. jacksquat November 8th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Just to be clear, Cashman said that if Soriano does happen to accept the qualifying offer, he has no problem with paying both Soriano and Rivera closer money next season. “That would happen,” Cashman said. “If he accepts, yeah, absolutely. We made that decision when we tendered the offer.”

    Soriano is going to decline, but this makes me nervous that Cashman is not going to do the smart thing in 2014 and go with a relatively inexpensive bullpen/closer. 25+ mil on two pitchers would be pure stupidity given the new financial constraints. You only pay a lot for someone like Mo. If you need to save, the bullpen should be the first place.

  2. RadioKev November 8th, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Wow. I guess he might actually turn that deal down. The Yanks will have to think a little bit before committing more than $13m for Kuroda.

    A question pulled from the last post. How does a team get better and younger? You’re hardly signing better, younger players. That doesn’t really happen. So you’re either developing better, or you’re trading.

    The Yankees really only have a handful of big league trade chips that would fetch better, younger players. You would need to deal Granderson, or Cano, or Hughes, or Robertson, (or Sabathia) I’d think. That’s really about all we can do. We’re hardly about to trade Phelps, Nunez, Adams or any of the Single-A kids for better, young players. And when you’re trading Granderson, or Cano, or Hughes, or Robertson, or Sabathia, you’re running the risk of getting younger, but worse.

    And developing better takes time. I don’t really see a quick organizational fix. It’ll just take time to get geared up for another core group of players. At this point we just need to stay in the playoff fold.

  3. RadioKev November 8th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    jacksquat,

    Uh, I don’t think Cashman can just go and retract the qualifying offer. I also paying for Soriano next year wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. We learned that Mo is indeed a human. Having some backup plans are good, and Soriano showed he can do the job.

  4. tucker November 8th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Both Soriano and Mo are off the books in 2014. Cashman has a pretty good idea that Soriano is splitsville.

    Cashman’s remarks were pure PR. what is he going to say, “I sure hope they both aren’t on the payroll.”

    No, he knows Soriano is gone. He wants the draft pick. And he wants Mo back, and that is what will happen.

  5. jacksquat November 8th, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    RadioKev November 8th, 2012 at 10:31 pm
    jacksquat,

    Uh, I don’t think Cashman can just go and retract the qualifying offer.

    No, but he could trade him if he accepts, I don’t know if he could say that in public though.

    I also paying for Soriano next year wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. We learned that Mo is indeed a human. Having some backup plans are good, and Soriano showed he can do the job.

    That wouldn’t be good, because even Cashman said that more money in the bullpen means less money somewhere else on the team. Mo, Robertson, Joba, Aardsma, Logan, etc. is enough.

    Cashman may have been bluffing, to let Soriano know that if he accepts he’ll be a setup man.

  6. jacksquat November 8th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    As for the Red Sox being interested in Kuroda, they may be, but they have been reported by MLBTR to be interested in almost every significant free agent and trade opportunity that exists. And they sure aren’t above trying to make the Yankees pay more, nor Kuroda’s agent above letting them.

  7. ron November 8th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    The yankees should get 3 nice picks from swisher,so,and maybe kuroda.
    This is one way to take advantage of the 189.
    They are trying to balance baseball in a disgusting way imo,but i guess if i was a fan of a small market team i’d be happy.
    Still don’t like the tampering.

    I’m selfish,greedy,and liked the advantage the yankees have,or had.
    We have to get under the 189,start over,then spend.

    Seriously,i’d trade cano,and granderson for a pitcher,and 2-3 position players.

  8. jacksquat November 8th, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    If the price gets much higher on Kuroda the Yankees should just lower the boom, sign Greinke, raise finger to rest of teams in baseball.

  9. UnKnown November 8th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Sounds like the Sux and Dodgers are going to sign ALL the free agents. Seriously, I love Hot Stove season and everything, but man is there a lot of stuff being put out there right now.

  10. tucker November 8th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    So much of stuff we hear this time of year is just not true. Agents, GMs, owners are all misdirecting information – to gain leverage for their own interests and to make heir competition pay more.

    I didn’t think the Dodgers have a heck of a lot left to spend. How much wil they blow through the cap by?

  11. Nick in SF November 8th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Why haven’t they published their Five Year Plan in the google yet??? :mad:

  12. DaSaint007 November 9th, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I’m starting to feel that a trade of Cano is not as unthinkable as I would have previously thought.

  13. jacksquat November 9th, 2012 at 1:13 am

    If they can’t negotiate a reasonable deal with Cano this year, I would look into trading him. But they would have to get a lot back. And they would have to do something this year to at least somewhat replace him in the lineup.

  14. joeman November 9th, 2012 at 6:14 am

    don’t see Kuroda coming back….trading Cano might be a good thing …the cap the Yankees are going to have will choke them because of the very large contracts a bunch of these players already have..

  15. joeman November 9th, 2012 at 6:17 am

    The Sox have a lot of $$$ to spend & they will spend it. Yankees will need a #2 SP a catcher & corner OFer or two & depending what Mo will do a closer

  16. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    The one thing the team can’t do is to let Cano and Granderson leave for a draft pick. it is becoming apparent neither will be signed so they must look to deal.

  17. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Scott Hairston and his middle infield OPS is the odds on RF starter next year. But, he has a lifetime BA of .247. Now that’s a Yankee replacement. But, will he sign for one year?

  18. Mike Ri November 9th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Oh no !! what will we do without statistically the worse Playoff baseball player of all time Nick Swisher ??

    Im over it

  19. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Hairston is probably old and grizzled enough to handle NY

  20. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:22 am

    What they will do is replace him for a statistically far worse player. Happy now?

  21. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Good morning-

    In case you haven’t seen it, Brian Cashman has a short 2 minute video for you, straight from his GM meetings:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

  22. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Mike Ri says:
    November 9, 2012 at 7:16 am
    Oh no !! what will we do without statistically the worse Playoff baseball player of all time Nick Swisher ??

    Not even make the playoffs potentially

  23. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    “I’m starting to feel that a trade of Cano is not as unthinkable as I would have previously thought.”

    It’s not unthinkable…..but what can you get for him…..you’d have to get a lot and I’m not sure you can get enough with him only having a year left…..

    If he’s demanding 200 million then Id consider two options 1) really loading up for 2013 and trying to win it all with him 2)trading him if I could get the right offer…..it’s a tough thing….

    Id need like an Andrus/Olt offer or something like that to trade him

  24. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 7:32 am

    If Kuroda doesn’t take the QO today by 5PM ET, then tradng for a corner outfielder where one of Hughes/Nova/Phelps might have to be included, is out the window for now.

    Players jumping sinking ship?

  25. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Looks like it’s possible that Kuroda may not be coming back.

    Wonder what plan B is ?

  26. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I still think Kuroda accepts…..but if he doesn’t and it’s going to take 2 years to sign him then I think you have to consider other options…..see what’s out there via trade….see what Haren would demand etc….

    Id prefer to have Kuroda back but he is getting up there in age and with the budget they need to try and keep as much money off 2014 as they can….plus if they move on they get a draft pick…..

  27. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:36 am

    “Wonder what plan B is ?”

    Trade Sanchez, Williams, and Austjn for Matt Garza probably

  28. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    YT-

    You’re probably right about that if Hiroki goes elsewhere.

    He’s the lynchpin that would allow them to move one of our young arms.

    I doubt they do it if they were to acquire a guy like Haren.

  29. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Blake-

    Per NY Post today, and Joel Sherman, Cano was telling teammates last month he is expecting a 10 year contract. Now a confidant of Cano informed Sherman that the second baseman already took a discount once to sign and won’t do it again.

  30. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Blake-

    I hope that is not a strong possibility.

  31. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Blake,

    Their can be no loading up for 2013. No one of value comes for a one year contract.

    The team needs to get realistic by offering market value contracts or selling off the players then won’t sign after next year. Their is no half way. Ibanez and Hairston as the RF combination. Hughes as the no. 2. Not good.

    I still want to know how a team operates when they don’t want to sign anyone for 2014. Is that the year the world ends?

  32. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I wouldn’t give Cano 10 yrs.

  33. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:41 am

    “Per NY Post today, and Joel Sherman, Cano was telling teammates last month he is expecting a 10 year contract. Now a confidant of Cano informed Sherman that the second baseman already took a discount once to sign and won’t do it again.”

    Buh bye then….prepare to either trade him or load up for 2013

  34. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Adams can hit and he can play 2B.

    ;)

  35. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    MTU,

    Plan B will be a cheap pitcher or one they are sure to lose after 2013, but that player would have to come in a trade.

  36. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Good morning guys and Shame if you are out there:

    If you are a GM of a major market team, how are you now going to trade for Cano this offseason, knowing:

    1. That Scott Boras is his agent and usually wants his clients to enter the FA market, so a window to grant an extension when he is traded to you might not be afforded.

    2. One year guaranteed of Cano might not get their GM to give up what the Yankees expect to get in return for the HOF bound 2nd baseman.

  37. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Mac-

    They are going to need a solid, innings-eating # 2

  38. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Adams can be, at best, a league average 2B. Everyone who has seen him questions his defense. His hitting can be average.

  39. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    MTU,

    Where does that pitcher come from? He won’t be a free agent so we are back to mortgaging the future for another short term starter. Another good plan.

  40. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Mac-

    No one is a Cano but you can’t pay a guy for that length of time.

    So a guy like Adams may have to do.

    Boras is gonna try and suck the life out of the Yankees.

  41. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Mac-

    I guess I was seriously hoping that Kuroda would return.

    Still a chance he will.

  42. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    If Cano will bring substantially more than a supplemental pick he must be dealt. What other good choice exists since I can’t believe they would sign him for 9-10 years. Nor should they.

  43. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:50 am

    “Their can be no loading up for 2013. No one of value comes for a one year contract.”

    no but as I’ve suggested before…..if they think they aren’t going to keep Cano long term then they could try and sign Hamilton to a shorter contract than the one Cano would demand…..have them both for 2013 and then let Cano walk…..Hamilton could be the bridge guy to hit in the middle of the lineup until hopefully the kids are ready to take over……

    Not that they would do that….. but IMO if they think Cano is leaving or they don’t want to pay him then they either need to 1) trade him for max return 2) really try as hard as they can to win a title in 2013 before he leaves…….just standing pat and watching him leave for a draft pick would be unacceptable.

  44. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    All I can say is, when in doubt now about the Yankees future direction…………………..blame ARod and the FO for giving him that monster deal and not having a way to cancel it when he admitted to steroid use for a few years later.

    Put a bad product on the field, if ARod and the Yankees don’t get off to a hot start next season, Rodriguez will wish to be excused from the lineup when playing in YS.

  45. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:52 am

    there are deals out there I would make for Cano……there is a deal with Texas….probably Arizona…..probably Seattle…..maybe Washington etc……

  46. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    The Yankees would be dumber than snot to let Cano walk w/o trading
    him instead.

    He brings back several really good young guys IMO.

    Way better than what they’d get from a draft pick.

    I’d also shop Granderson this OS just to see.

    ;)

  47. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:53 am

    ..”blame ARod and the FO for giving him that monster deal and not having a way to cancel it when he admitted to steroid use for a few years later.”

    I’d just blame the FO….anybody would take 275 million when offered to them….the FO offered the contract and now are playing budget and hamstringing themselves because of it.

  48. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Blake-

    IF you were to trade Cano you’d want to put him in the other league so he hurts you less.

    ;)

  49. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I get no sense the Yankees would trade Cano as it would expose them as a money matters most team to the fan base. That is true, but it is still a secret for most. The team has one foot in the old days while refusing to spend the money required to act that way.

  50. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Other than FA Ichiro, what key FA’s or their agents, have you heard say, “I wouldn’t mind playing in NY.”

    The Yankees aren’t spending the money now, the free agents know that, so why do they want to commit to an aging team and play for less money?

  51. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Joel Sherman ?@Joelsherman1
    Column 1 http://bit.ly/VWE3gv #Yankees want hold down future payrolls, Cano feels already took 1 discount pact, won’t again. War drums begin

  52. blake November 9th, 2012 at 7:58 am

    “IF you were to trade Cano you’d want to put him in the other league so he hurts you less.”

    yea….there are deals with NL teams I’d probably make…..I can think of one with KT I’d probably do….

  53. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The Yankees are in no position to argue all that much w Cano.

    There would be many suitors for a star like him.

    If they aren’t going to go all the way for Robbie they’d be smart to move him now.

    He wants the moolah just like they all do.

    And he’s good enough to command it.

    ;)

  54. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Blake-

    There are several I’d do w the Dodgers as well.

    Or Miami. Or the Reds. etc.

    ;)

  55. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    YT,

    I’m believe the main reason the players don’t want to come as they don’t want to come on a one year, low pay deal. Shocking.

    Soon they will see the changed culture and realize other venues present better chances to win.

  56. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Do the Yankees have any foresight ?

    They had to see a lot of this coming.

    :(

  57. blake November 9th, 2012 at 8:05 am

    how about a blockbuster.

    Robinson Cano, Ivan Nova, Mason Williams for Justin, Upton, Trevor Bauer, and Aaron Hill.

  58. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Yankees are more likely to offer Cano a shorter but higher AAV deal.

    No way they should be saddled w him, or anyone for 10 yrs. starting at his age.

  59. blake November 9th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Top Prospect Alert ?@MinorLeagueBlog
    #Nats Anthony Rendon hit his 8th Double of the Arizona Fall League season. He’s hitting .328 on the season

    please at least check on him Cash.

  60. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:06 am

    there are deals out there I would make for Cano……there is a deal with Texas….probably Arizona…..probably Seattle…..maybe Washington etc……
    ————————————————-

    Blake-

    One year guaranteed for Cano for those GMs for their prime prospects or for two establishe players in return, perhaps a 2nd baseman and corner outfielder? I don’t think so!

    Kinsler and Nelson Cruz
    Hill and Justin Upton
    Ackley and King Felix-they don’t have a corner outfielder
    Desmond and Michael Morse

    Anyone one of those, especially if they have NT clauses, aren’t likely to be offerred as established trade chips for one year guaranteed of Cano.

    Yankees might have to go to plan C or D

  61. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    All other teams have money to spend, even the dregs in attendance, due to the new TV deal. The Rays can afford Upton but not the Yankees. I can’t wait to see the 2014 team. It will be a below .500 team with this philosophy. It is virtually inevitable.

  62. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Blake-

    I like JU and Bauer but let’s improve on Hill.

    We can find better deals elsewhere for a guy like Cano.

    Many, many teams would be interested.

  63. RadioKev November 9th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:08 am
    All other teams have money to spend, even the dregs in attendance, due to the new TV deal. The Rays can afford Upton but not the Yankees. I can’t wait to see the 2014 team. It will be a below .500 team with this philosophy. It is virtually inevitable.
    ———-

    You’re just conflating the issue. The Yankees can afford Upton too. They just don’t have a lot of moveable pieces to acquire him.

  64. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Anyone who would trade for Cano would have to be determined to either extend him, or offer him whatever it takes to stay.

    They wouldn’t be able to lose him after trading away prime palyers to get him.

  65. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I will be shocked if the team considered trading Cano. It would be smart, and perhaps that’s why I don’t see it. The word is they are not going to talk extension with him this winter. That tells me they will wait on him.

    Adams and Gumbs, get ready as their will be an opening in 2014.

  66. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Kev-

    If things fall right I believe the Yankees have more than enough to acquire JU.

    Only question is their will to do so.

    ;)

  67. blake November 9th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Towers could trade Cano for a bundle at the deadline

  68. RadioKev November 9th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    I dunno if I like the idea of trading Cano for Upton, to be honest. I like Upton, but I’d rather see the Yanks get a big haul for Cano than a one-to-one type trade. Get a few blue chip prospects and plan for a new offensive core. Something similar to the Teixeira trade.

  69. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Now Miami might work, Blake-

    It probably would take Cano plus Robertson plus maybe Austin for Giancarlo Stanton.

    Attached Marlins payroll obligations from Cots:

    https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tQJ2iJ0-ErOo_z9G3xKSQ9g&output=html

  70. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I can’t believe were discussing trading Robbie.

    We all know the Yankees aren’t doing it.

    ;)

  71. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    YT-

    It wasn’t Blake who proposed working w. Miami.

    ;)

  72. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Kev,

    Every word from Cashman’s mouth tells us they don’t want further significant contractual obligations in 2014. I believe that is why Upton is not a consideration.

    Perhaps, I am wrong. I sure hope so, but every indication thus far says it is true. They are not reported to be in on any free agent, except perhaps Hairston, a lifetime sub. Hunter wants a second year and is out.

  73. RadioKev November 9th, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Like what, MTU? The only way I can picture it is some type of three team trade, and those are unpredictable by nature.

  74. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Yankees and “creative” do not belong in the same sentence.

    ;)

  75. RadioKev November 9th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Austinmac,

    Unless you’re talking about BJ Upton, who is a free agent, affordability is not the issue with Justin Upton. It’s acquiring him.

    You can’t just throw this $189 blanket over everything. They are working under constraints, but it’s lazy to make it the excuse for everything that doesn’t go the Yankees way. With J-Up, they just might not be a natural match.

  76. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Now I’ll broach a subject that you won’t discuss.

    What if the Yankees had the chips to acquire a young SS, maybe Asdrubal Cabrera?

    Would Jeter be moved to RF? If Cano is traded in a separate deal, would he be able to finish his career at 2nd.

    Do we even want to discuss that?

  77. RadioKev November 9th, 2012 at 8:22 am

    MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:14 am
    I can’t believe were discussing trading Robbie.

    We all know the Yankees aren’t doing it.
    ———-

    I dunno. Even if the Yankees didn’t have the $189m budget to work under, I would still question giving Robbie a mega contract. If Boras says they won’t negotiate an semi-reasonable extension, I’d certainly shop him.

  78. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Kev-

    The Yankees would need Kuroda on board first.

    Assuming that we offer Towers his chinese menu-style choice from the following lists:

    Hughes, Nova, or Phelps

    Nunez, Adams, or Cojo

    Williams, Austin, Heathcott

    And we toss in Betances for giggles.

    That’s 4 for 1. with quality.

    There are few teams who can top it.

    Not only that. Towers owes Cashman.

    I could also expand that deal if needed.

    It’s a matter of will. They don’t appear to have it anyway.

    ;)

  79. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:24 am

    MTU-

    Sorry. It was you who traded Cano to Miami. Who did the Yankees get back?

    I’m waiting to read that one in MLBTR’s today. :)

  80. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:27 am

    YT-

    If we’re really reaching for a SS I want Starlin Castro or Tulo.

    I’d like Profar but we aren’t trading with the Rangers.

    ;)

  81. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    MTU-

    The only problem with that trade to Arizona is that they are still very competitive next year for a playoff spot and might be looking for an established SS or 3rd baseman and Nunez has not proved he can play defense.

  82. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    YT-

    We want Stanton + for Cano.

  83. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    The 189 cap impacts every move. Trades and free agents. I don’t think it is overstatement to say Cashman won’t or can’t acquire a $8+M player if the contract extends beyond next year.

  84. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    YT-

    Nunez can swing the stick and has awesome speed.

    He has shown in the past that if he gets regular playing time he can be a decent SS.

    Included in that package he is plenty worthwhile IMO.

    He has a lot of tools and is still relatively young.

  85. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    The Braves love Nunez.

    ;)

  86. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:31 am

    What if Towers decides to hold onto Upton and is willing to trade Jason Kubel.

    Any interest? BA .253, Slugging .506; 30 homers; 90 RBI’s 14 assists and 1 error-was that all in LF? Does he have a cannon arm?

  87. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:32 am

    YT-

    None.

  88. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:35 am

    How bout we get Chapman and Bruce from the Reds ?

    You talk about moving Cano and the floodgates are open.

    :)

  89. blake November 9th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I think Upton is being traded this time…..he’s shopped him every chance he’s had the last 2 years and clearly there is something going on there between the player and team……I think he’ll be traded and probably before the winter meetings…..Towers doesn’t mess around.

  90. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Plan C possibilities for a corner Outfielder:

    lefty Garrett Jones 1B/O of the Pirates-power but hit lefties .189
    lefty Will Venable of the Padres- speed but had a fielding % .968 in RF
    lefty Seth Smith of the A’s -power but also can’t hit lefties .157

    That’s what Plan C might get you.

  91. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I agree Upton is very likely moving. Too much talk to do otherwise. I would like to think the Yankees are trying on him. I would like to think many things, however, but I don’t.

  92. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    YT-

    Our OF is likely Grandy, GGBG, and Ichiro.

    ;)

  93. austinmac November 9th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Anyone trading for Cano has to look at Boras and see a one and done situation. I can see the Nats since they are close. Start with Rendon and add another good young player or two. Let’s rebuild rather than fade away.

  94. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    If the Yankees want to trade for a corner outfielder, currently under contract thru 2013 and then a FA, here are some possibilities:

    Jason Kubel (32) – $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
    Mike Morse (32)
    Martin Prado (30)
    Carlos Beltran (37)
    Shin-Soo Choo (31)
    Nelson Cruz (33)
    Corey Hart (32)
    Hunter Pence (31)

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....jCw5RL8.99

  95. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Mac-

    The Yankees predilection is the latter.

    They have put an enormous bet on the Farm IMO.

    We’re likely to find out if it is a good one or not.

    ;)

  96. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Kuroda Rumor:

    One yer deal has to “significantly” beat the Yankees.

  97. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    YT-

    I’d rather keep Ichiro and see what our young OF’er’s can do than
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    Not one of them is young, star-grade material.

  98. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:54 am

    It’s looking like Hiroki Kuroda is receiving quite a bit of attention this offseason. The Red Sox are among rumors and he is said to be the top choice for the Dodgers. With the talk of multi-year offers abound, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe says that Kuroda would only take a one-year offer if it significantly beat the Yankees qualifying offer.

    Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that Kuroda will reject the Yankees qualifying offer, but it’s hard to interpret it as anything else than he wants a multi-year deal or else he wants about $14-$15 million or so. Since it seems that the Yankees are nearly out of the market completely for multi-year offers, they may have to spend a bit more than $13.3 million to keep him.

    Despite previous reports that said Kuroda was choosing between returning to the Yankees or going back to Japan, he seems open to signing with any club. There is no reason to think that Japan is out of the mix too.

    http://bronxbaseballdaily.com/.....ing-offer/

  99. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    YT-

    Translation from the Japanese :

    He wants the money.

    ;)

  100. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 8:56 am

    AND. He’s as greedy as the next guy.

    :)

  101. yankeefeminista November 9th, 2012 at 8:58 am

    FWIW, BA’s Yankee top ten analysis: http://www.baseballamerica.com.....14298.html

  102. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    MTU-

    Awaiting the 9 AM post.

    Have you heard anymore about GB7?

  103. Yankee Trader November 9th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    New Post————>

  104. MTU November 9th, 2012 at 9:03 am

    YT-

    Nothing on GB. Sorry.

    Time to walk the Mopsters.

    Back later.

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