Dodgers GM: Deal for Kuroda is not imminent
Right-hander has not been asked to waive no-trade clause
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, the subject of increasing trade speculation, had not been asked to waive his no-trade clause for any specific club as of Monday.
"I haven't talked to Ned [Colletti, general manager] or my agent or had any meeting in recent days," said Kuroda, who would need to approve any assignment. "I haven't heard anything from anybody."
Colletti, who met with Kuroda last week and told him he would keep the pitcher informed, said Monday that no deal is imminent.
The non-waiver Trade Deadline is Sunday. Kuroda's next start -- and possibly last for the Dodgers this year -- is Wednesday night.
He said he's aware of the rumored destinations (the clubs most frequently mentioned are Detroit, Cleveland, Texas and the Yankees), but again wouldn't speculate on whether he would approve a deal.
"I haven't put a lot of thought into it," he said.
Kuroda, who signed a one-year, $12 million deal for this year, said a midseason trade of a veteran like him is rare in his native Japan and would be viewed there as a sign that a team had given up on the player.
"But I've been here three seasons and understand that this happens here and isn't a negative," he said.
Colletti said he told Kuroda that the Dodgers are interested in having him return next year, whether or not he's traded.
"This [a trade] is a totally separate issue from next year," said Kuroda.
Kuroda is not the only Dodger available because of upcoming fee agency. Infielder Jamey Carroll is another and has been rumored to draw interest from Milwaukee, among other clubs, although Kuroda clearly should bring the Dodgers the most in return. They need top prospects or Major League-ready young players.
Other tradable upcoming free agents that have not been mentioned in rumors are setup reliever Mike MacDougal, shortstop Rafael Furcal and catchers Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro.
MacDougal, a former closer who is owed less than $200,000 this year, would seem to be a bullpen upgrade for many contending teams.
Furcal, although he's had a tough injury-plagued season and is still owed roughly $3 million, is finally starting to look like he's healthy. The Dodgers have some concern for September, when Dee Gordon is likely to be called up to play shortstop every day, sending Furcal to the bench at a time when he'll want to play to prove his value to other teams for next season. Furcal could veto a trade as a 10-and-5 veteran.
Barajas and Navarro have struggled offensively, but both have been solid defensively.
Indications are that other clubs have yet to show interest in any of them.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.