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Yankees bluffing Red Sox on Kuroda?

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08:15 AM ET 12.27 | The $12 or $13 million free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda reportedly seeks comes in a little closer to $20 million with the luxury tax. It has been reported in several places that the Yankees and Red Sox are actively pursuing [Kuroda], but the baseball sources I have spoken with over the past week say it is unlikely the Yankees will make a bid on the 37-year-old former Dodger. The reason? Once again, the luxury tax. ... [A team source said] last week that as much as the Yankees like Kuroda (they tried to trade for him last year), "We simply don't have the money to pay him." Assuming the person is telling me the truth -- and I am -- any Yankee "interest" in Kuroda is probably designed to drive up the price for the Red Sox.

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December 27, 2011  08:21 AM ET

Second verse, same as the first.

December 27, 2011  08:48 AM ET

We have too much money tied up in A-Rod. Time to develop the kids and trust them when we get them in the game.

December 27, 2011  09:10 AM ET
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We have too much money tied up in A-Rod. Time to develop the kids and trust them when we get them in the game.

Too much money tied up in Jeter too.

December 27, 2011  09:14 AM ET
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Too much money tied up in Jeter too.

And soon they are going to have to pay Cano $20M plus a year.....

December 27, 2011  09:27 AM ET

The driving the price up on another team makes for a good story but for these teams that all but print their own money it means little. I'm not sure why all of a sudden the luxury tax is a big deal as the Yankees have been paying one for years and the Sox have in the past as well and with both teams resouces they can still well afford it if it brings them the player they want.

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December 27, 2011  09:33 AM ET
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... and both may still produce.At least Jeter came back strongly last year.

...and both may not.

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December 27, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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Someone in the NYY organization saying they don't have the money to pay him????? Interesting.

I think the truth is, they don't *want* to pay the money. George's ego was wrapped up in the team. Not so with the boys.

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December 27, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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I would hope not - one was enough.

How's it going Lou? Haven't seen you in a while. Did you have a good Christmas?

December 27, 2011  09:49 AM ET

The Yankees orginazation has a lot of bills to pay besides the team. Since they opened the new stadium the economy hasn't been the best and maybe money is a little tighter than they were expecting but I still expect them to put out the money if there was a player they really wanted.

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December 27, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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Well - not really - Nancy's dad passed away early Sunday (18th) morning. Had to go down for the funeral and then stayed there through Christmas. So - not real good on the holiday. He was 91 - left behind his wife of 55 years (she's turning 80 soon). There were over 300+ for visitation and close to 400+ when including the full church for the funeral. He was a well respected, loved and liked man. He had done a lot more in his years than you would think possible. But - he has gone to a much better place....

Sorry for your loss Lou.

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December 27, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Lou -- sorry for your loss. It's especially tough around the holidays, as if it is ever easy.

Kuroda has repeatedly said he only wants to play on the West Coast, so my money is on either he retires or goes back to Japan.

December 27, 2011  09:56 AM ET
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Well - not really - Nancy's dad passed away early Sunday (18th) morning. Had to go down for the funeral and then stayed there through Christmas. So - not real good on the holiday. He was 91 - left behind his wife of 55 years (she's turning 80 soon). There were over 300+ for visitation and close to 400+ when including the full church for the funeral. He was a well respected, loved and liked man. He had done a lot more in his years than you would think possible. But - he has gone to a much better place....

Ah - I suspected that was why you hadn't been on. Sorry to hear that. My condolences to you and Nancy.

 
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