The Yankees may be facing two-pronged competition from Southern California to retain Hiroki Kuroda, the pitcher who was their ace for much of last season.

The Dodgers and Angels are both pursuing Kuroda, and, according to a report on ESPNLos

Angeles.com, Kuroda has "told friends that his first preference is to pitch in Southern California, where his two daughters are attending elementary school."

The 37-year-old Kuroda, who was 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA last season in his first year in pinstripes, played the first four years of his major league career with the Dodgers.

There have been reports that Kuroda was likely to consider only returning to the Yankees or going back to his native Japan, where he is believed to want to finish his career by pitching one more season before retirement. It's not clear if he wants that final season to be 2013.

Kuroda's agent, Steve Hilliard, did not return a call seeking comment.