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Monday, December 2, 2013

Yankees Rumors: New York Makes Offer to Hiroki Kuroda


By on 12/02/2013 01:17:00 PM

The New York Yankees are looking to address their starting rotation, and that appears to begin with re-signing free-agent starter Hiroki Kuroda.  According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN.com, the Yankees offered a contract to the right-hander.  The exact terms are unknown, but the offer is expected to be $15 to $16 million for one-year.

Kuroda, 38, was viewed by many as the Yankees’ ace last season.  He pitched 201.1 innings and finished with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and had a 150 strikeouts.  His record was 11-13, but that was mainly due to the Yankees’ inept offense.  More importantly, Kuroda was able to give the Yankees valuable innings, pitching over 200 for them for the second straight year, and three straight overall.  He has also made over 30 starts in five of his six major league seasons.  Since coming over in 2008 from Japan, initially playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kuroda has been on the disabled list three times, but each stint occurred during the 2009 season.  He has been mostly durable since that time and although he will be turning 39 in February, the Yankees, if signed, will be looking for another 200 inning season from Kuroda.

There was speculation that Kuroda would either retire or head back to Japan for the 2014 season, but that may now not be the case.  After losing starter PhilHughes to the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees are interested in adding other starters this off-season, and Hiroki Kuroda seems to be an important piece to help fill out their rotation.  He has a career 3.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 840 strikeouts spanning over 1,120 innings.

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