In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
I don't see why people are assuming Kuroda won't be an animal again this year. He is obviously hurting from some horrible defense behind him and the relief corp isn't helping. His strikeouts are on pace with last year and his walks are even down. If he had average defense behind him he would have an ERA of 3.71. That would be our #2 or 3 starter, which was the whole point in wanting to sign him last winter. He was exactly what you have been proposing for years, a guy who upgrades the top of the rotation and I have no problem with a 2 year deal even with him. He has been rock solid for 6 years in a row. How many pitchers in baseball can you say that about?
I get that he was a tough sign, apparently from that misplaced Japanese extremely loyalty to their team thing, but I don't see why we wouldn't want this guy in our rotation. I also see the cost issue and the lost pick but I'd take him over Peavy or Dempster in a heartbeat and that was what we were discussing last winter.
They look to be putting $6-7 mil into Sizemore also. You could have used that money instead of trading Nava or Carp. It was realistic.
On another note, Betts had another great night last night. 2 more SB and great OBP again. What are the chances he ends up our RF in place of Victorino, or JBJ there and with Betts in CF, maybe Cechinni in LF. I don't see a future for Brentz or Hassan, at least as starters with the Sox.
I'm not saying Kuroda is done. He certainly has a good chance to do well again this year, but at his age, he also has a good chance of continuing his record over the last 3-4 months of baseball.
Kuroda did not have a good defense behind him last year either, or the year before. Yeah, it looks worse so far, but still...
Yes, his walks are down, but his K rate has declined for 4 straight years. His HR/9 is at a career high. Poor fielding hasn't caused that.
His velocity is down:
Look, I'd love to have Kuroda, but clearly it would have been a gamble. His cost would have been high. I'm thinking the money could have been spent better.