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New York or Japan for Hiroki Kuroda

Nov 18, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

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That’s the feeling’s Ken Rosenthal is getting from talking with executives around the league. Although reports have suggested that free agent Hiroki Kuroda could return to SoCal with the Dodgers or maybe even the Angels, Rosenthal says indications are that Kuroda will remain with the Yankees or head home to Japan.

Kuroda, who was content to sign one-year deals in his first two goes at free agency, may prefer a two-year deal this time. Even though he’ll pitch next season at 38, Kuroda seems like a good investment for two years. He’s averaged over 200 innings the last three years, and his ERAs have ranged from 3.07 to 3.39 during the stretch.

Kuroda won a career-high 16 games last season, his first in New York. If the Yankees can keep him for $30 million for two years, he’ll still look like a bargain compared to the likely $22 million-$25 million per year that Zack Greinke figures to get.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Why go back to Japan this year. If the Yankees sign him for $15,000,000 for 1 year just imagine what 1,221,300,000 (that’s 1 billion 221 million 300 thousand) yen if he returns to Japan in 2014.

    • mianfr - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Wow, that’s the purchasing power equivalent in Japan of like… 15 million bucks!

      • dan1111 - Nov 19, 2012 at 5:22 AM

        Yes, but the number looks really big! And that is what really matters.

  2. testmyriad - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:23 PM


  3. BigBeachBall - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Cha ching …. Chong.

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