Report: Hiroki Kuroda would prefer to pitch in Southern California

It had been assumed that Hiroki Kuroda would either re-sign with the New York Yankees or return to Japan. That may not be the case. According to ESPN Los Angeles the pitcher has informed his friends that he would prefer to pitch in Southern California. This would enable him to be closer to his two daughters, who are attending elementary school.

This news would seemingly make the Dodgers and Angels the top contenders to acquire his services. Kuroda previously pitched for the Dodgers but the team did not make him an offer last off season partly because they were in bankruptcy.

Kuroda pitched for the Yankees last season and finished the year 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA. He turned down the Yankees’ one-year qualifying offer of $13.3 million

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