(CBS) — With a weak crop of starting pitchers available at the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline, Ned Colletti figures to get a lot of calls on free agent to be Hiroki Kuroda.
In four seasons with the Dodgers, the 36-year-old has never posted an ERA above 3.76 and despite his 6-11 record this year, he has a career low ERA of 3.13.
According to the LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez, Colletti met with Kuroda yesterday to tell him that the team doesn’t want to trade him and would like to have him back next year, however, the general manager wants to give his hurler a chance to win.
Kuroda so far has indicated he wants to be a Dodger and would enforce his no-trade clause if he is dealt.
ESPN’s Buster Olney tweeted that Kuroda will inform the Dodgers in the days ahead on where he will accept a trade — if he’s willing to leave.
Jim Bowden of ESPN just tweeted that the Arizona Diamondbacks have become interested in Kuroda.