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Rotation Options: Hiroki Kuroda

Rotation Options: Hiroki Kuroda

MLBTR predicts Kuroda to the Pirates.

MLBTR released their top 50 free agents for the 2010/2011 off-season, which always includes predictions as to where the players will go.  Those predictions are mostly based on team needs, and more or less are educated guesses, with most of them not even being based on rumors.  I add that disclaimer because the number 11 ranked free agent, Hiroki Kuroda, is listed as going to the Pirates.  Again, it's just a guess, and doesn't mean the Pirates are even pursuing Kuroda, but it provides a perfect opportunity to review how Kuroda could help the rotation.

MLBTR looked at Kuroda's free agent stock, and predicted that he could get a deal like Randy Wolf received last year, which was a 3 year/$29.75 M deal.  However, they suggest Kuroda could be had by a team willing to give him two years in their top 50 rankings.  Either way, it seems that Kuroda will likely cost around $10 M a year, which is down from his 3 year/$35.3 M contract he had with the Dod...

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