December 04, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chatter from the lobby …
The bidding on Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda continues to spike, with one source speculating it will take an offer in the range of five years and $50 million to sign him. Already the Mariners have offered four years at $11 million per season, and Arizona, San Francisco, the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs covet the 32-year-old. Kansas City, which agreed to a three-year, $36 million deal with Jose Guillen, is especially hot for Kuroda, though it has yet to present an offer.
In the meantime, the Royals are discussing a deal that would send David DeJesus to Atlanta for left-hander Chuck James. Royals GM Dayton Moore spent a dozen years in the Braves organization and sent them Octavio Dotel for Kyle Davies at the trading deadline.
Seattle and Colorado have inquired about second baseman Marcus Giles, with the Mariners dangling Jose Lopez – a possible non-tender – while the Rockies look to fill the hole vacated by Kazuo Matsui's departure to Houston.
Tampa Bay, in its pursuit of a left-handed-hitting outfielder, is considering Shawn Green, Brad Wilkerson and Geoff Jenkins. Green seems a likely candidate, as Wilkerson and Jenkins are looking for multi-year deals at around $7 million a year, whereas the interest in Green is limited to four teams, including the Giants.