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Kuroda reportedly prefers returning to California

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Sorry everyone, but we’ll start today with a bit of bad news for the Yankees.

A report out of Los Angeles suggests Hiroki Kuroda is leaning toward playing on the West Coast [3]so that he can stay closer to his children. Here’s the sentence that carries weight.

Kuroda has told friends that his first preference is to pitch in Southern California, where his two daughters are attending elementary school.

Mark Saxon notes that the Dodgers were financially unable to make Kuroda an offer last winter, which might have opened the door to him landing with the Yankees in the first place. However, Saxon also notes that Kuroda preferring a one-year deal, “would fit the Dodgers’ needs perfectly.”

If the Dodgers are motivated to make a run at Kuroda, they can certainly offer him something the Yankees can’t. What would the Yankees do if Kuroda went back to Los Angeles? I honestly have no idea.

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