MLBtraderumors ran a spot ranking the top 10 pitchers coming over from Japan this year. Seeing the weak FA market for pitching stateside, maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to take a small plunge into this market. Here is a guy the Reds should take a look at, IMO:
3. Hiroki Kuroda - One number to remember here: 300, as in 300 feet to left and 300 feet to right. That’s the stadium Kuroda spent 10 years in, and still he managed to post a sub-2.00 ERA in 2006 and go 13-6. What could he do in Petco with 67 extra feet to left to play with? Tak says that at the least, he's an innings eater.
If we can't get a Bedard or a Santana, so in other words, in real life, this is a guy that could be a decent #3 for us.