The Dodgers have yet to engage in serious trade talks involving right-handed starter Hiroki Kuroda, who could be their highest-profile player moved in the coming month, a major-league source told FOXSports.com.
Kuroda is scheduled to start against the Angels on Friday, which will give scouts an opportunity to evaluate him against an American League lineup. In two starts against AL teams this year, he has yet to throw six complete innings.
Kuroda is 0-4 this month despite a 2.12 ERA. The Reds and Rockies had scouts in attendance at his most recent outing. The Yankees could enter the marketplace for his services, if Bartolo Colon and/or Phil Hughes are underwhelming in their respective returns from the disabled list.
Also, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is said to hold Kuroda in high regard, having watched him pitch many times in the National League West. Diamondbacks team president Derrick Hall told FOXSports.com this week that club ownership is willing to do “whatever it takes” at the trade deadline to the help the team win. Arizona has a young rotation and has recently dropped into second place after losing back-to-back series.
A full no-trade clause could complicate any efforts to trade Kuroda. He is owed around $6 million and is eligible for free agency after this season.
-- Jon Paul Morosi