Trade Watch, 2011: Hiroki Kuroda

July, 25, 2011
7/25/11
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The Buzz: The Yankees like Hiroki Kuroda. GM Brian Cashman admitted he would have made a bigger push for Kuroda this past winter if Cliff Lee had decided quicker. Kuroda was off the board by the time Cashman made his statements.

The Problem: Kuroda has a no-trade clause and there have been reports he doesn't want to leave Los Angeles. While New York is much farther from Japan, maybe Kuroda would find it appealing.

The Upgrade?: Kuroda might be an upgrade, but the problem with him and basically all the starters on the market is simple: It doesn't seem like the Yankees need to add someone to get them into the tournament, they need someone to get them through the tournament. It is hard to say Kuroda would do that muvj better than Batolo Colon or Freddy Garcia in October.

What I'd do: I would give up second level pitching prospects. In other words, I wouldn't trade Ivan Nova, Dellin Betances or Manny Baunuelos. I also wouldn't give up Jesus Montero. I would consider two pitchers from the rest of the system.

What would you give up: Answer below.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 67
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .764
ERAH. Kuroda 3.81
SOM. Tanaka 135