The Angels are interested in Kuroda

We’ve already heard that the Dodgers and Red Sox are interested in signing Hiroki Kuroda away from the Yankees, and now Jon Heyman has added the Orange County Angels to the list of teams who want Kuroda in their rotation next year. This might actually be the most disturbing news the Yankees could have gotten on this front, as the Angels seem like a much more dangerous challenger than either of the other two teams here. Unlike the Red Sox, they’ve got a solid roster that should be seen as World Series contenders right from Opening Day, and unlike the Dodgers they’ve got a lot of room in their rotation after jettisoning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana already this winter, plus potentially losing Zack Greinke. The Yankees want to retain Kuroda on a one year contract, but he’s already turned down a $13.3 million qualifying offer that would have been a ~30% raise on his 2012 salary, and with this much interest and a thin pitching market, it’s hard to imagine that someone won’t put a two year offer on the table at some point.