Friday, July 29, 2011
Teams dwindling in Hiroki Kuroda hunt
By Tony Jackson
LOS ANGELES -- The list of teams with whom the Los Angeles Dodgers are talking to about a potential trade involving veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda has dwindled considerably from the half-dozen or so that were widely reported to be involved earlier this week, general manager Ned Colletti said Friday night.
"At this point, it's far less,'' Colletti said.
Colletti declined to say how many teams are still involved, a fact that could signify the list is down to one. Even if that is the case, though, it isn't in any way a foregone conclusion that Kuroda will be dealt, especially given that Sunday's 1 p.m. PDT trading deadline is now less than 48 hours away.
Kuroda has full no-trade rights and as such would have to approve any trade. Colletti said that further shortens the period of time the Dodgers have to deal Kuroda if the club is able to agree to terms on a trade.
"It's not something we would be able to spring on him at 12:30 on Sunday,'' Colletti said. "I am respectful of the fact that he would want time to contemplate what he wants to do.''
Colletti said that in return for Kuroda, he is looking for something that would fulfill what he called "organizational needs,'' a clear indication the Dodgers would acquire only minor league players in exchange for Kuroda.
Meanwhile, any speculation that either shortstop Rafael Furcal or infielder Jamey Carroll will be traded before the deadline appears to be overblown. Colletti did say there has been some interest in one of the team's catchers. Colletti wouldn't say whether it was Dioner Navarro or Rod Barajas, but there is every reason to believe it is the switch-hitting Navarro, who is eight years younger than Barajas and has made the vast majority of the starts behind the plate recently.
Navarro entered the day hitting .286 in July, while Barajas was hitting .125 (2-for-16) since coming off the 15-day disabled list on July 14.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.