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Yankees re-sign Hiroki Kuroda

Dec 6, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

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UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it’s a done deal: One year, $16 million with some bonuses for innings pitched.


Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman seemed optimistic about Hiroki Kuroda ultimately deciding to return to the Yankees and now Jon Heyman of reports that the two sides are close to a one-year deal.

It sounds like things will play out almost exactly like last offseason, when Kuroda turned down the Yankees’ qualifying offer for $14.1 million and later re-signed for $15 million. Heyman speculates that he’ll likely get around $16 million this time.

Being able to re-sign a pitcher as good as Kuroda on a pair of one-year deals is a coup for the Yankees, as he’s consistently been a top-of-the-rotation starter and, even at age 39, is coming off a season in which he threw 201 innings with a 3.38 ERA.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM


    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      can he play second base?

      • proudlycanadian - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        Can he still pitch?

  2. jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    One million less for Cano

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    It’s a good deal for both Kuroda and the Yankees and at $16MM is a slight bump up of the $15.25MM he earned last year with his IP’ed bonus.

    With the Kuroda signing (when it happens), the Yankees still have a need possibly Tanaka, if he ever gets posted or a mid level starter. Just a guess on my part but having both Ichiro and Kuroda in the fold it could make for an easier signing of Kuroda with a decent offer from the Yankees.

    Regardless things seem to be continuing to fall in place for the Yankees this season of re-tooling. Still work to be done but it gets just a little easier with each new signing.

    • sdelmonte - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Just don’t hold your breath on Tanaka coming to the US at this point. If he comes, I think he comes to NY, though.

      I don’t think it matters a lot that the Bronx has been a good place for three Japanese stars, but it can’t hurt.

      • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        wrong, the Yankees are HUGE in Japan, so it does matter.

      • sdelmonte - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Hadn’t thought about that, but yeah.

  4. twenty1miles - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Even if Arod is suspended 100 games, you’d have to think the patrol cap plan is out the window at this point, no? Cano will be back and Kuroda should be to. That still leaves at least one more opening for a SP and the Yanks need insurance for 3B.

    I read yesterday that the Yanks lost more money in revenue in 2013 than they paid in luxury tax. It would behoove them to just spend over the limit until some of the albatross contracts are off the books.

    • pisano - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Don’t count on Cano, if the M’s are willing to give him 9 yrs. @ 225m, he’d be foolish not to take it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 6, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      I have no idea if the rumor is true, but if the statement going around that the Yanks lost $58M in ticket revenue last year is true, then it’s far better (financially) for the Yanks to build a great team and spend over the luxury tax cap then try to build one on the cheap. Assuming $50M lost revenue, the Yanks would have to spend $100M over the $189 cap ($289M payroll) to break even.

    • American of African Descent - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      How does one “lo[se] . . . money in revenue”? I question your source.

      • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        I will explain it to you.
        When I sell ad space to a potential client. They ask. How many viewers will see my ad. What times will it show etc etc etc. The big question. How much does it cost based on viewership, time placement and how will lost estimated viewership affect my rates ?
        Well…If less people are watching guess what happens to all the clients rates. The prices charged are no secret. See Super Bowl. I can’t charge a premium rate based on a declining viewership. The upside is.
        If the viewership goes up the clients are giddy and the new clients scramble for prime spots at premium pricing.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      they have more Yankee hats over in Japan then NY.
      they will sell a lot of Yankee fitted and they love the Laundry.

  5. uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Assuming this signing goes through at $16MM and counting all the other signings or agreed deals such as Johnson, Ellsbury and McCann factoring in MLBTR numbers for all arbitration eligible players as well as players 26-40 the remaining players to fill out the 40 man roster and benefits MLB charges teams. The Yankees still have about $30MM to spend without going over the $189MM luxury tax threshold assuming A-Rod get suspended for the ENTIRE 2014 season.

    Out of that remaining $30MM the Yankees have to decide what to do about Cano. Allocate virtually all of it to re-sign him or move on. Use about $9MM of it to sign Infante or none of it and go with some combination of Johnson/Nunez/Ryan/Anna. Those 4 players are already in my calculation.

    The 4 main scenarios in my opinion they are:
    Scenario A)
    Cano gets re-signed for say $25MM per
    The Yankees sign someone to help in the bullpen for about $5MM
    The Yankees use in house players to man 3rd base – No additional cost

    Scenario B)
    The Yankees sign Infante for $8 or $9MM (Cano bolts)
    The Yankees sign a true RF’er Beltran or Choo say about $18MM per +/-
    The Yankees move Wells and Soriano pick up a little extra cash by moving them
    The Yankees get some help for the bullpen for about $4 or $5MM
    The Yankees go with in house players to man 3rd base.

    Scenario C)
    The Yankees sign Infante for $8 or $9MM (Cano bolts)
    The Yankees sign Tanaka or some comparable starting pitcher for about $14MM per
    The Yankees sign Reynolds or Uribe for 3rd base about $6MM
    The Yankees use in house players to complete the bullpen

    Scenario D)
    The Yankees go with either Scenario A or B then go with a starting rotation of:
    And 2 of the following 4: Phelps/Warren/Pineda or Nuno

    They have to decide about signing a 2nd starting pitcher. The only way they can afford to sign a second starting pitcher and still stay under the tax threshold is if they move on from Cano. Then they have ample money even if they sign Infante to replace Cano.

    A lot of options remain but all require A-Rod to be suspended for the entire season if the Yankees what to stay under the tax threshold. They could always just decide to blow past the tax threshold and try again in 2015 to get under it.

    We’ll see things are coming to head in the “Universe” and it should be interesting how this plays out.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      It seems much of what I wrote is moot. According to the latest report (if it can be believed) Cano has ACCEPTED a 10 year $240MM deal with the Mariners.

      If history tells us anything the Mariners should be able to count on about 5 years where they don’t curse the day they agreed to this after than lets just say they will be second guessing themselves.

    • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Scenario A …Possibly back loaded
      AROD…Fifty to 100 games. The idiot already admitted previous use. ka ching

      • jfk69 - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        Well it looks like Cano is gone. Forget plan A.
        25 million more to play with.
        Welcome TANAKA and a new second baseman

  6. anxovies - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    By my count we have 5 infielders with major league contracts: Teixiera/Johnson/Jeter/Nunez/Ryan (am I missing anybody?). We have McCann/Romine-Murphy as catchers. Then there are 5 in the outfield: Gardner/Ellsbury/Soriano/Wells/Ichiro. We normally carry 12 pitchers, so we have Kuroda/CC/Nova and several minor leaguers who can be brought up or sent down as needed. That’s 24 players if my math is right and I am including everybody. I think we will sign Infante or Uribe — hopefully Infante. If Tanaka is available and can pitch in the majors, then that is our team until ARod joins it. ARod is likely to get a 50 game suspension, which would get him back on the team in early/mid-June after he plays some minor league games. It is also possible that he could start the year under an injunction while the courts sort things out if he chooses to challenge any suspension given under the arbitration. In either case Nunez and Johnson become expendable before the waiver deadline and can be moved. Ryan stays because of his defense and speed. That’s probably a contending team if the pitching steps up. This, of course, all falls apart when the fog of battle hits and it comes apart as it always does.

  7. basedrum777 - Dec 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Why is no one talking about the fact that Pineda SHOULD be healthy by spring training? He’s clearly the best 4 in the league if not 3.

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