It’s official: Kuroda’s a Yankee

Your submissions for the Yankees designated hitter
Yankees avoid arbitration with Boone Logan

Kevin Whelan getting designated for assignment earlier today kinda gave it away, but the Yankees have officially announced the signing of Hiroki Kuroda. It’s reportedly a one-year deal worth a cool $10M. He’ll be expected to step right into the rotation and do what A.J. Burnett couldn’t, and that’s eat innings at an above average rate. Perhaps working with his old Dodgers battery mate Russell Martin will help. Welcome to New York, Hiroki.

Your submissions for the Yankees designated hitter
Yankees avoid arbitration with Boone Logan
  • Scooter

    This is DARN exciting. I’m pumped.

  • Vegetable Lasagna

    And this will prove to be the best offseason move come October. We finally have a rotation that can last. Haven’t had that since the early 00s. We didn’t even have it in 09. The best news is that AJ Burnett will not pitch in a meaningful postseason game. He shouldn’t even be on the roster.

    • ADam

      If healthy he could absolutely start game 2 in the ALDS assuming we get there.. which we will

      • lightSABR

        I’m hoping Pineda will be our clear no. 2 by then. But either way, I’m happy Kuroda is on board.

    • gc

      While I agree with just about everything you say, I also think it’s fair to point out that Burnett had his share of good to great post-season outings with the Yankees over the years and was not an automatic disaster every time out in those most meaningful games. Including last year keeping the season alive against Detroit. I’ll be happy when his time in pinstripes is finally over, but the guy kept taking the ball every fifth day and pitched whenever they asked him to, even when he knew the higher ups (and the fans) didn’t have the greatest amount of faith in him. And on a couple of those occasions in the biggest spots, he not only came through, he saved the Yankees’ ass.

      Welcome to the Yankees, Kuroda! I’m excited about a possible post-season rotation of CC, Kuroda, Nova and Pineda. There’s some good stuff there! :)

  • Scooter

    Personally I feel that the Brewers will be 10+ back in the Central by the time the Deadline rolls around, and I can absolutely see us capitalizing on 3 or so good months of Phil Hughes and sending him to Milwaukee for Zack Greinke and the stretch run.

    • Grit for Brains

      MIL could almost certainly do better than a year of Hughes

  • CJ

    2 weeks later. Tipped off by cutting a 28 year old AAA pitcher. Why do the Yankees moves take so long to become official?

    • Mike Axisa

      Kuroda was in Japan.

      • SevenAces

        It seems like people find the littlest things to complain about.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Kuroda is going to make us see how truly awful AJ is.

    For those of us who still can’t see it.

    • Mike Axisa

      I don’t think A.J. needs any help in that department.

      • Monterowasdinero

        He has a few fans left.

  • CJ

    I think Kuroda should be the #2 to start the season. Nova 3. Then Pineda at 4. Kuroda as an international veteran should adjust to NY easily. Pineda could use the run support if back end rotation match ups to build confidence. Also could limit his innings a bit over the season.

    • Scooter

      His innings were limited by the Mariners last season for us. He needs to be around 190 IP in ’12 so we can get 200+ from him in ’13 and beyond.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    So, AJ’s now costing the Yankees His own salary + Kuroda’s salary for one spot in the rotation basis not being able to hold his own spot. Irashaimase Hiroki.

    • Mike Axisa

      Eh, I don’t think that’s a fair argument. You can just as easily say it Phil Hughes’ fault, or Joba’s fault, or Andy Pettitte’s fault for retiring.

      • Peter R

        I am still sore at Andy for retiring so that sounds good to me. He still had 5 more years in him! He could have stuck around awkwardly and ended up sucking like Tim Wakefield!

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        It’s Brien Taylor’s fault.

    • http://riveravenueblues from japan

      Irashaimase is the word used in restaurants to welcome customers.
      Youkoso would be better.
      I have wanted a japanese player on this great team and hope he
      will be healthy throughout the year.

  • JFH

    How soon before AJ is traded for a bat?

    • SevenAces

      Or a sack of balls.

    • Needed Pitching

      not sure anyone would give up a bat for AJ.
      I think the bats they use in MLB cost at least $100 each.

  • Mrpappageorgio

    I would trade A.J. to the Chunichin Golden Carp for a clubhouse geisha who can give massages and serve green tea. Can we trade him to Japan? Can we sell/give him to Japan?