MLB rumors: Dodgers targeting Hiroki Kuroda to return to LA

Jamie Sabau

The Dodgers are interested in re-signing Hiroki Kuroda after a year away from Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly one of several teams interested in free agent starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

Kuroda pitched for the New York Yankees last season after spending the first four seasons of his major league career with the Dodgers. Some of the potential suitors have even discussed a two-year contract with the 37-year-old Kuroda. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Kuroda appears to be the Dodgers top starting pitcher target.

The New York Yankees extended Kuroda a qualifying offer, meaning a team who signs him would be forced to give up draft pick compensation. For the Dodgers, that would mean giving up their first round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Kuroda made 114 starts during his four-year stint with the Dodgers, winning 41 games while posting a 3.45 ERA. He went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in his lone season with the Yankees. Los Angeles is looking for a starting pitcher to slot behind Clayton Kershaw in the rotation. In addition to Kuroda, the Dodgers are also reportedly interested in Anibal Sanchez.

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