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 Rockies will continue to look at Jake Westbrook, Jon Garland and Javier Vazquez; however, Vazquez’s preference is to pitch on the East Coast, which puts the Rockies far down on his list.
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.