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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
GM: Hiroki Kuroda not on Yanks' radar

By Wallace Matthews
ESPNNewYork.com

TORONTO -- General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that even though the pitching-depleted New York Yankees are engaged in a bitter division battle with the Tampa Bay Rays, he does not anticipate going outside the organization for help before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.

"What we got is what we're going with," Cashman said by phone from his office at Yankee Stadium. "I anticipate we are going to use the alternatives we have here."

That means youngster Ivan Nova, journeyman Dustin Moseley and, hopefully, a return to form by Andy Pettitte, out since July 18 with a groin strain. "That is what we expect to happen," Cashman said.

He also refuted media reports that the Yankees were planning to acquire Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers' Japanese righty who is rumored to have been placed on waivers by the Dodgers.

"I haven't thought about him. I don't even know if he's on waivers yet," Cashman said. "Besides, I'd be hard-pressed to find a pitcher on the waiver wire who can pitch better for us than Dustin Moseley has."

Kuroda, 25, is 8-11 with a 3.48 ERA for the fading Dodgers this year. He is owed $2.7 million in salary, an amount the Yankees can easily absorb, and will be a free agent this winter. But in order for the Yankees to get him, he would have to be passed on by every other team, including the Rays and Boston Red Sox, both of whom would have an interest in blocking him from going to the Yankees.

"I'm not even thinking along those terms because right now I'm not interested in adding anyone," Cashman said. "I like the team we have and I think we have what it takes to get the job done."

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.