Kuroda ripple effects
The Los Angeles Dodgers officially introduced Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda Sunday. Signing Kuroda to a three-year, $35.5 million deal probably removes the Dodgers from the Erik Bedard chase.
But it may mean the Seattle Mariners, who hoped to get Kuroda, go after Bedard. The Dodgers were reportedly interested in the Oakland right-hander Joe Blanton. So the Reds may be in better shape as far as trades.
The Reds weren't ready to jump into the competition for top Japanese talent.
"Some of the other clubs are in better position as far as scouting," Wayne Krivsky said last week. "We're talked to some agents. We've scouted some players off video. (Japan) is an area we're trying to make in roads in."
Kuroda, 32, was 12-8 with 3.65 ERA for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp last season. That shows how valuable starting pitching is on the open market.