In our post the other day entitled The Pirates Not So Comfortable Pitching Options we brought up the idea of signing Hiroki Kuroda. Today, MLBTR released the top 50 free agents and Tim Dierkes predicted your Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Kuroda. Check it out. It makes sense.
It’s the one Pirates related free agent pickup Dierkes makes in his detailed list, but he does mention the Bucs could be players for Jorge De La Rosa. He predicts the Royals will sign De La Rosa.
Here is what the hacks at RumBunter had to say last week on the topic of Kuroda:
Hiroki Kuroda. Comfortable? If his age doesn’t scare the Pirates away, he is the safest buy and could be one of the best pick ups for the Pirates. He had a career year throwing 196 innings with 7.2K/9 and 2.2BB/9. One of the best parts? The Pirates won’t need to give up a compensatory pick.
He also would fit into the Pirates Pitchers Hit By Line Drives Club after suffering a concussion in 2009 on a line drive to the brain. He is fearless, which we like, the Bucs might not. He showed his guts when he answered the call on one of the biggest stages in baseball when he buzzed Victorino.