Report: Red Sox Interested in Hiroki Kuroda, Right-Hander Open to Playing in Boston

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Report: Red Sox Interested in Hiroki Kuroda, Right-Hander Open to Playing in BostonThe Red Sox reportedly kicked the tires on Hiroki Kuroda last season, although the right-hander stayed put in Los Angeles. With Kuroda now a free agent, the Sox are reportedly showing interest again.

WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that, according to multiple sources, the Red Sox have interest in the righty and that he is open to playing in Boston.

Kuroda was the subject of trade rumors prior to last season's trade deadline, but he ultimately elected not to waive his no-trade clause and remained with the Dodgers. But now that the Dodgers have signed starter Chris Capuano, who will seemingly take Kuroda's place in the rotation, the 36-year-old will likely be wearing a new uniform this season.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the landscape for Kuroda is "wide open," and that he is willing to consider all offers, regardless of location.

According to Bradford's report, any attempt by the Red Sox to sign the veteran hurler would be contingent on them gaining financial flexibility through other offseason moves.

The Yankees, Angels, Marlins, Rockies and Rangers are also potential suitors for Kuroda, according to Bradford.

Kuroda is coming off a season in which he went 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA in 202 innings over 32 starts. In his career, Kuroda is 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA in 115 games (114 starts).

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