Hiroki Kuroda in demand, but still undecided

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Hiroki Kuroda loves Los Angeles.  What’s still to be decided is how much he loves being a Dodger.

A baseball official with the all-to-common “knowledge of the situation” told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand that Kuroda will consider waiving his no-trade clause if presented with a deal to the Yankees or the Red Sox.

MLB.com’s Peter Gammons, responding to Rotoworld’s tweet on the subject, tweeted back that “he hasn’t made (a) decision.”

Besides the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez, who still seems like a major long shot to be dealt, Kuroda is the top starter available in trade talks.  The 36-year-old right-hander is 6-12 this season, but his ERA stands at 3.19 and he has a 97/33 K/BB ratio in 127 innings.

Interesting is that Yankees catching prospect Austin Romine is out of Double-A Trenton’s lineup for the second straight night tonight.  He’s believed to be healthy, so it could be a sign that he’s involved in some pending deal.  He’s likely someone the Dodgers would be interested in.

Kuroda has also been mentioned as a possibility for the Tigers, Indians and Rangers.

Major League Baseball told Kolten Wong to ditch Hawaii tribute sleeve

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Major League Baseball has told Cardinals infielder Kolten Wong that he has to get rid of the colorful arm sleeve he’s been wearing, pictured above, that pays tribute to his native Hawaii and seeks to raise awareness of recovery efforts from the destruction caused by the erupting Mount Kilauea.

Goold:

[Wong] has been notified by Major League Baseball that he will face a fine if he continues to wear an unapproved sleeve that features Hawaiian emblem. Wong said he will stash the sleeve, like Jose Martinez had to do with his Venezuelan-flag sleeve, and find other ways to call attention to his home island.

Willson Contreras was likewise told to ditch his Venezuela sleeve.

None of these guys are being singled out, it seems. Rather, this is all part of a wider sweep Major League Baseball is making with respect to the uniformity of uniforms. As Goold notes at the end of his piece, however, MLB has no problem whatsoever with players wearing a non-uniform article of underclothing as long as it’s from an MLB corporate sponsor. Such as this sleeve worn by Marcell Ozuna, supplied by Nike that, last I checked, was not in keeping with the traditional St. Louis Cardinals livery:

ST. LOUIS, MO – MAY 22: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after recording his third hit of the game against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on May 22, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

If Nike was trying to get people to buy Hawaii or Venezuela compression sleeves I’m sure there would be no issue here. They’re not, however, and it seems like creating awareness and support for people suffering from natural, political and humanitarian disasters does not impress the powers that be nearly as much.