Diamondbacks working on deal with Hiroki Kuroda

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Now that Hiroki Kuroda is willing to sign with someone other than the Dodgers plenty of teams are interested in the 36-year-old starter and Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports that he’s in serious discussions with the Diamondbacks.

In fact, according to Henson a deal with Arizona “could get done this week” if Kuroda is willing to drop his demand for second-year player option.

Kuroda hasn’t ruled out returning to Japan, but with the Dodgers apparently out of the picture now there should be enough interest from MLB contenders to get him a one-year deal in excess of $10 million.

Kuroda is often left out of discussions about No. 1 starters, but he logged 202 innings with a 3.03 ERA this year and has a 3.45 ERA in 114 career starts.

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.