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Yankees make one-year offer to Hiroki Kuroda

Dec 2, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees have made a one-year offer to Hiroki Kuroda that’s believed to be worth $15-16 million.

Kuroda turned down a qualifying offer from New York that would have been for one year and $14.1 million, but he did the same thing last offseason before eventually re-signing for $15 million.

Kuroda will be 39 years old before Opening Day and struggled down the stretch, but finished the season with a 3.31 ERA in 201 innings and has been one of the majors’ most consistent, underrated starters since coming over from Japan in 2008.

  1. yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    He was one of the best pitchers in baseball through July and then he got absolutely tattooed the last two months. I’m glad to see him back for another season.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      He’s not back yet, he hasn’t accepted the Yankees offer. I agree that it would be good for the Yankees if they re-sign him. Hopefully they can cut down his innings a bit in 2014 he did seem to tire out the last 6 weeks of the 2013 season.

      I can’t help but think that if Kuroda does re-sign at the mentioned price AND the Yankees get a chance to sign Beltran or even re-sign Granderson for that matter the Yankees offer to Cano is pretty much topped out $180MM if they stick with staying under the $189MM tax threshold. And I’m not sure that’s necessarily a bad thing the last thing the Yankees need is another debilitating 8 year $200MM plus player who effectively is a drain on the team the last 3 or 4 years of his massive contract.

    • lisaggamino - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      —my friend’s step-aunt makes 82 usd an hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for six months but last month her paycheck was 20264 usd just working on the laptop for a few hours. go to

  2. stex52 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    If you could have gone with his performance into August this is a good deal for the Yanks. Just a matter of if he can hold it together all the way to the end of the season. Frankly, I think he is a good risk.

  3. maikoch - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    The Japanese have been looking to put one over on the Americans ever since December 7, 1941.

    • weaselpuppy - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM


  4. cackalackyank - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I think the best way to keep his innings down and avoid a stretch run melt down is to make him the # four or five in the rotation, presuming he resigns at all in the States. With the higher number of off days early in the season the four or five starter would tend to get skipped or not even be needed a lot until May. To make sure he stays active he could be slotted first out of the pen for the seventh inning or before. the All Star break gives most teams an opportunity to reshuffle the rotation so he could slot higher for the second half. Seems like a logical idea to the fatigue issue. The only problem I see is 16 million is a lot to pay for lets say @ 175 effective innings tops.

  5. uyf1950 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    If Scott Kazmir is worth a 2 year deal at $11MM per surely Hiroki Kuroda is worth the $15 to $16MM offer for one year the Yankees have made him.

  6. yahmule - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t know if the decline last year was age related or if he was pitching through some undisclosed ailment. He doesn’t have a track record for fading.

    His game log indicates a drastic dropoff in performance that happened overnight.

    On 8/12, he pitched eight innings of three-hit shutout ball against the Angels to lower his ERA on the season to 2.33. In his next four starts, he allowed 36 hits and 19 earned runs in just 23 IP.

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