Anybody else heard of this?
Plans were moving forward for a mid-March, two-game exhibition series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in Beijing. Baseball officials are still awaiting a commitment from the Red Sox that they are willing to play a season-opening, two-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.
Dodgers targeting Japanese pitcher?
Hiroki Kuroda, 32, a right-hander for the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League, filed for free agency Monday and is expected to come to the United States. The Dodgers, according to multiple industry sources, plan to join what is expected to be a bidding free-for-all for the services of Kuroda, a control pitcher with a fastball in the 95-mph range who projects as a middle-of-the-rotation starter.
Sounds good to me!
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
From Olney's report at the meetings:
If they could find a way to substitute Ethier or Young instead of Kemp, I think the Dodgers would have to seriously consider the deal. Assuming, they believe Cabrera can play a decent 3B for the next 5-7 years. If he is the 1B/DH in waiting some scouts believe he is, then it's risky.The most interesting trade parameter mentioned is what the Marlins may ask the Dodgers for, in return for All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera: third baseman Andy LaRoche, minor league pitcher Clay Kershaw, and an outfielder -- perhaps Matt Kemp.