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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Dodgers - Reportedly Signed Kuroda
Los Angeles Dodgers - Reportedly signed P Hiroki Kuroda to a contract of some sort.
This might be a bit premature, but we (or me) here at the Transaction Oracle like to push the envelope to the max. And to the extreme. And to the limit. Your humble servant is badass enough to drink 2 Mountain Dews in a row. That is, if Mountain Dew wasn’t a horrific strontium-90 infused concoction that leaves a film on your throat similar to the fictional green ooze that turned four ordinary turtles into four Cowabunguous ninjas.
No detailed dollar figures or years have been released/leaked, but if I had to guess, it probably compensates Kuroda with a large amount of American dollars to be paid off over a specific period of time, with whole years being the unit of time used. With Kuroda and Fukodome, it’ll be interesting who gets an anglicized name first, a la “Tad” Iguchi or Dice-K. Casey Fukodome? Howie Kuroda?
Forced to take a stab at specifics, it’s probably in the neighborhood of the deal Aaron Cook just signed for dollars - 3 or 4 years, somewhere in the low 8 figures each year. Kuroda’s clearly better than Igawa, but certainly not as good as Matsuzaka, so I guess the pricing makes sense, especially in a terrible free agent market for pitching. When Carlos Silva and Kyle Lohse are the most valuable pitching free agents, you can’t complain when a team does this. And maybe even the Dodgers won’t screw over Chad Billingsley for the second straight spring!
I did go ahead and change the games started a bit - Japanese pitcher usage is quite different, so it would look a little weird (but doesn’t change anything on the projection!)
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