New York Yankees Trade Rumors: The Latest on Hiroki Kuroda

Bronx Baseball DailySenior Analyst IJuly 28, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 22: Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers walks to the dugout after being relieved in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals on July 22, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Perhaps in response to Phil Hughes' poor outing yesterday, the Yankees reportedly intensified their efforts to land Dodger starter Hiroki Kuroda yesterday.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post reported today that the reason they are targeting Kuroda over Jimenez is that they are uncomfortable with the asking price of Jimenez and want to turn to Kuroda because he will be cheaper in prospects.

However, we got a better reading of where Kuroda stands on his no-trade clause and it isn’t exactly inspiring if you are a Yankees fan.

“My honest feeling is that I can’t fathom wearing another uniform than the Dodgers uniform right now,” Kuroda said to AJ Cassavell of “I never thought about it, and it’s really hard to think...

“I haven’t really decided on anything, so I can’t really give you an answer,” Kuroda said. “Today I was wearing a Dodgers uniform, and I was playing here, to win, for this team. I have a few days before the Trade Deadline, so I’m going to think about it, I’m going to talk to my agent about it, and we’ll go on from there.”

So take that for what it’s worth. He doesn’t sound like he’s really willing to change teams, but he didn’t come out and say he definitely wouldn’t leave Los Angeles, either.

Keep checking Bronx Baseball Daily for the latest updates.

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