Baseball fans internationally have been waiting weeks for Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to decide where he’s going to pitch in the major leagues, and finally the media seems to have discovered the truth.
One Japanese newspaper insists Kuroda will join the Los Angeles Dodgers. Two others say he is flying to America to visit his agent and mull over the offers. An Arizona newspaper reports Kuroda has decided to become a Seattle Mariner.
No, Virginia, it doesn’t appear the media has done any better a job of determining where Kuroda is going than the average fan.
Four teams made competitive bids for the free agent – the Mariners, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Royals. It appears the Royals think they’re out. The Diamondbacks remained hopeful.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said Wednesday he hoped the rumors were true about Kuroda joining his team, but insisted neither he nor anyone in the organization had heard from the pitcher or his agent.
Neither had the Mariners.
For the moment, there are two choices. Pick a rumor and go with it – or await an actual decision.