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Could The Pirates Sign Hiroki Kuroda?

MLB Trade Rumors predicts that the Pirates will sign Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. That's a bold prediction, but it's consistent with the Pirates' claims that they will look for pitching this offseason and that they have money to spend. Unlike most typical Bucs free agent targets, Kuroda is pretty good, so signing him would be a breath of fresh air, at least at first.

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Kuroda will be 36 in February, though, and if he signed with the Pirates, he would have to contend with potentially baseball's worst defense behind him. He's good enough that he might still be the Bucs' best pitcher despite those things, but the question is whether signing him would be the best use of the Pirates' resources, or if they might get more bang for their buck by upgrading their defense. Of course, signing Kuroda and upgrading the defense aren't necessarily mutually exclusive, but if signing Kuroda cleans out the piggy bank, or if Kuroda would require a contract longer than two years, I don't think I'd sign him.

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