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The Yankees aren’t going to bid on Hiroki Kuroda

Dec 26, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

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Ever since Hiroki Kuroda came off the notion of playing of the Dodgers or no one else — and that he’d be willing to take a one-year deal someplace — it has been widely speculated that the Yankees would be in on that action.  It just makes so much sense. They could use a good starter. Neither side wants a big commitment. It’s like a friends with benefits thing or something.

But not so fast says Wally Matthews of ESPN New York. He hears from sources that the Yankees don’t want to incur any more luxury tax overages and thus won’t bid on Kuroda. Rather, to the extent they have any interest, it’s phony:

Assuming the person is telling me the truth – and I am — any Yankee “interest” in Kuroda is probably designed to drive up the price for the Red Sox.

Know what’s gonna be cute? When the Red Sox are still playing these little cold war games while the Rangers and Angels are cruising to the best records in the American League. It’ll be like England and France arguing over Brittany while the Soviets and the Americans send people into outer space.

OK, maybe that’s overstating it. I’m just bored today and there’s no Phillies news with which to troll anyone. Trolling Yankees and Red Sox fans is a way, way, way distant second place, but it’ll have to do for now.

  1. shawnuel - Dec 26, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Would love to see Seattle swoop in and sell Kuroda on their large Pacific Rim presence and burgeoning rotation talent. He’d make a decent rotation very good and keep the seat warm for Hultzen and Paxton.

  2. trucker2020 - Dec 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Boston could use a good starter;I’d offer him a 3 year deal @ about 28M$.Maybe Matuzaka & a bottle of saki would entice Kuroda to come to beantown.

    • skeleteeth - Dec 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

      3 year deal to a 37 year-old from the NL West that probably doesn’t really want to pitch in Boston? No thanks.

      • deathmonkey41 - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

        Plus, I’m not sure how guys like Lackey and Beckett would react to him hanging out in the clubhouse eating sushi and drinking saki when he’s not pitching.

      • skeleteeth - Dec 26, 2011 at 10:27 PM

        Texas round-eye can suck it.

        On second thought maybe Kuroda could teach Beckett a thing or two about efficiency so I don’t have spend 3 hours watching him sort of get through 5 innings pitched.

  3. cowboysoldiertx - Dec 26, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    When did the Yanks go broke?

    • jimbo1949 - Dec 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM

      Never, they’re just tired of paying other owners to have lousy teams. Luxury Tax goes directly into cheap owners pockets.

      • marinersnate - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM

        “Luxury Tax goes directly into cheap owners pockets.”

        The luxury tax is not part of revenue sharing. Other owners do not get a nickle of it.

  4. whatthehellisansky - Dec 26, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    They didnt go broke – their just streamlining their business. Think about it.

    The Yanks’ inaction this offseason is all about not paying luxury tax bills. Usually they make an offseason acquisition to excite the fan-base and that (at least in their eyes) validates them hiking up ticket prices yet again. Now that they realize that they cant hike ticket prices up any higher, their going to squeeze as much money out of other places as they possibly can. This means not spending on free agents and eventually getting under the luxury tax threshold over the next few years.

    It all comes down to the almighty dollar. George was obsessed with winning and threw money at every problem the yanks ran into (sometimes it worked, sometimes it didnt) but he was never afraid to spend. Hal has clearly brought a more business-oriented, bottom-line approach to running the team and it has perplexed the fan-base and agents/execs alike.

    All that being said, there is NO reason why they shouldnt go after Kuroda. Sure hes comin from the natl league and hes a little old, but hes a lefty who gets guys out, and all he wants is a short term deal. Since when do the yanks care about $12M?

    Keep in mind im saying all this as a die-hard yankee fan. Im just frustrated at a team who charges $35/game for parking and $12/beer and does not make improvements to a team that has a glaring hole in the rotation.

    • baseballisboring - Dec 27, 2011 at 4:05 AM

      I mainly agree as a Sox fan, I think he’s a good fit for both the Sox and Yanks. But uhhh, he’s not a lefty.

    • makjak2 - Dec 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

      The thing is, just last year they gave a stupid 3 year 45 mil contract to Soriano. They did not need help in that department at all, but the brass strong-armed Cashman into doing it. If they’re worried about the increased taxed rates for 2014, this signing would have absolutely no bearing on that. A relatively cheap 1 year contract for a pretty good arm is right up their alley. Why are they penny pinchers all of a sudden? It just doesn’t make sense on the Yankees’ part.

  5. pisano - Dec 26, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    I don’t blame them after the beating they took on the buck tooth blunder Kei Igawa.

  6. djpostl - Dec 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    That’s funny. The Angels cruising towards a best record. By adding a highly over-rated scrub like Wilson and having nobody in the lineup to offer much support to Pujols? There is a reason why only the sorry ass Mariners, almost as sorry ass Twins and the light hitting White Sox scored fewer runs in the AL than this Angels team last year in the AL.

    Their offense was putrid and only gets upgraded to mediocre at best with Albert.

  7. homelanddefense - Dec 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    really hard to take a writer serious when he posts articles admitting to trolling.

    • Ari Collins - Dec 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

      I don’t know. He’s honest about it when he does it, and he wasn’t doing it until overstating things at the end of the article. *shrug*

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