Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton

Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton
November 10, 2012, 3:55 am
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The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley joined Lou Merloni on "Uno Sports Tonight" and says Hiroki Kuroda should hold up two more years at his current innings pace.

Kuroda declined the Yankees qualifying offer, making him a free agent. Should the Red Sox be interested?

Buckley says Kuroda's age -- he'll be 38 by Opening Day -- is daunting. Still, he has shown durability by averaging 206 innings the past three years.

"That's like the 1920s by today's standards," Buckley said. "It suggests to me that he'll be able to do it for two more years."

And what of high-profile free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton? Buckley is concerned over comments ex-Rangers teammate Mike Adams made about Hamilton.

According to Adams, some days Hamilton brings it and some days he doesn't.

"When it's a teammate saying that," said Buckley, "it makes me wonder if you want to sign this guy more than a couple of years which is what he's looking for."