The attention is all on hot Japanese righthander Yu Darvish, but veteran countryman Hiroki Kuroda is drawing significant interest as well.
Kuroda is much lighter on buzz, but some teams actually prefer Kuroda, as he is the proven one in the majors. The Yankees, who are said to have placed a "modest" bid on Darvish and have no expectation of winning the posting process, seem to almost prefer Kuroda, anyway.
The Rockies and Diamondbacks are also believed interested in Kuroda. While Kuroda turned down overtures from several teams at the trade deadline because he preferred to stay with the Dodgers, a person close to Kuroda said he is open to playing in New York and a few other places. He hasn't ruled out returning to Japan, either.
He is believed to be interested in a two-year deal. Kuroda made $12 million in base salary and would likely receive at least that off another productive season in L.A.
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