Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hiroki Kuroda Potential Draft Pick Compensation

Let's just start by saying that I absolutely want Hiroki Kuroda in pinstripes for one more season and have no qualms about giving him any dollar amount that he wants on a one year deal. With that said I still find it necessary to look at what we could potentially get in draft pick compensation should Kuroda leave and sign with someone else. The teams reported to be interested in Kuroda, besides his Japanese Hiroshima Carp team, are the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and other "various teams." If I had to purely speculate on the "other teams" I would say teams like St. Louis Cardinals to replace Kyle Lohse, Baltimore Orioles, the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Boston Red Sox - 7th Pick
Pittsburgh Pirates - 14th Pick
Chicago White Sox - 18th pick
Los Angeles Dodgers - 19th Pick
St. Louis Cardinals - 20th Pick
Detroit Tigers - 21st Pick
Baltimore Orioles - 24th Pick
Texas Rangers - 25th Pick

Baltimore.... I Say No!!!
Again I want to start this off by saying that I fully expect him to be with the Yankees next season and I want him in pinstripes next season no matter what the fiscal cost as long as it is on a one year deal. The only other conceivable MLB team I could see him going to would be the Dodgers but one would have to think that after winning the posting on Hyun-Jin Ryu that they would not be willing to commit much more money on their pitching staff. Then again Magic Johnson and his crew do not seem to care much about the money they are throwing around so you never know. This would make an insane amount of sense for the Boston Red Sox to sign Kuroda because they would not lose their first pick, 7th overall, because it would be protected and instead lose their second round pick to sign Kuroda. Add on top of that the salt in the wound that he would switch jerseys in the rivalry and I can see real motivation by Cherington and co. The Pirates have the 9th overall pick as well in this draft but it is protected and compensation for not signing last years first round pick Mark Appell so I did not bother including it on the list. This would be a perfect fit for the Pirates as it would give them a veteran arm at the top of the rotation to pitch with AJ Burnett and would fit in with their fiscal responsibilities but I could not see Kuroda going there so I guess we will just have to wait and see how this unfolds.


  1. You do not get the signing teams pick anymore, the signing team loses it but the previous team only gets a "sandwich" 1st rd pick now. This is the first year for this.

    1. I appreciate the comment. I addressed this yesterday and acknowledged that we would not get the teams pick that signs him but rather a supplemental pick. I just thought it was interesting to look at where the interested teams picks fell. A team with a protected pick like the Sox would be more inclined to sign him then say the Mets who own the 11th pick (and yes I know they are not interested but they are the first unprotected pick so I used them as an example) because the price may be too steep


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