Hiroki Kuroda? Ubaldo Jimenez? Hiroki Kuroda? Ubaldo Jimenez? Which one should the New York Yankees be after as the MLB Trade Deadline approaches? Which one is more realistic? I’m sooooo confused!
It is Thursday morning, and the latest batch or trade rumors surround Kuroda. The Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Indians, and Tigers all are apparently bidding for the 36-year-old right-hander, 6-13 with a 3.11 ERA.
Kuroda would cost less in terms of prospects than the 27-year-old Jimenez, but given past history the Yankees should be leery of counting on a pitcher who has never been in the American League.
MLBTR also points out that the Yankees and Red Sox will be among teams scouting Seattle left-hander Erik Bedard. The 32-year-old Bedard is a talented, but fragile pitcher who has been on the disabled list for more than a month. Bedard has not pitched 100 innings in a season since 2007, when he went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA for Baltimore.