Cross Hiroki Kuroda off the Colorado Rockies wish list for the offseason. ESPN now reports that the 35-year-old right-handed pitcher are close to a one-year, $12 million contract with the only major league team he has played for, the Los Angeles Dodgers. One must wonder if such a short-term deal indicates Kuroda wants to return to Japan after the 2011 season.
The Yankees have recently expressed interest in the Rockies’ Jorge De La Rosa, who is the second-best pitcher on the marker after Cliff Lee. The Yankees are widely considered the favorites to land Lee, so the interest in De La Rosa is as a fallback possibility. However, with the Yankees’ interest already known, the Rockies will have an even tougher time re-signing the lefty.