Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Arizona makes offer to Japanese righty, Tracy has setback
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks offered a contract to
Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, joining a handful of teams to
express interest in the right-hander.
"I can confirm we made an offer to Kuroda, but I'd rather not
talk about it specifically," Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes
The Seattle Mariners are thought to be the leading contender to
sign the 32-year-old pitcher. Mariners GM Bill Bavasi and manager
John McLaren traveled to Japan this month to meet with Kuroda's
Meanwhile, Arizona infielder Chad Tracy's rehabilitation from
right knee surgery has been slowed by a blood clot.
"It's a bit of a setback," Byrnes said. "The first two
months, things have gone very well. It's our hope and belief that
this won't be a major setback."
Tracy missed most of last season with the injured knee and
underwent microfracture surgery in September.
Byrnes said he still thinks Tracy can be ready by opening day.