Kuroda’s contract includes full no-trade clause


Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees’ one-year, $10 million deal with Hiroki Kuroda includes a full no-trade clause. This might not seem like a big deal, since it’s just a one year deal. When was the last time the Yankees traded a member of their active rotation mid-season? Best I can remember is Jose Contreras, whom the Yankees traded in 2004. Of course, that was a your problem for my problem trade, as they got Esteban Loaiza in return. Prior to that they traded Ted Lilly, though he’d been bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen prior to the Yankees replacing him with Jeff Weaver. There was also Shawn Chacon in 2006, but he hadn’t made a start for nearly a month before the Yankees traded him. In other words, Kuroda didn’t have much to worry about, anyway.

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  • CJ

    The man does not like to be traded. Got to respect that he likes to settle into one place. He made his big change from Japan to MLB so it’s not like he can’t adapt to change.

    • gageagainstthemachine

      Interesting indeed. Doesn’t want to move around for transient reasons. No-trade clause invoked in LA to keep away from the East Coast. Signs as a free-agent on the East Coast. Full no-trade clause to stay on the East Coast. I give the man credit for saying, “If you sign me, I’m going to stay and I’m going to pitch for your team and your team only.” That’s the kind of guy my dad would’ve liked. Hard work and honors a contract and expects others to do the same. Simplistic point of view I know, but still nice to see in a way the way our world seems to work anymore these days.

      • CJ

        Yeah there is a certain honor and commitment to his stance.

        • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

          That’s racist.

          • CJ

            Lol. How so?

            • Darren

              Use of word honor.

              • CJ

                Honor is not a universal quality anymore? Sad.

                • Darren

                  It never was.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Esteban Loaiza.. Oh God…

    • Bacciagaloop

      dont remind me

      • CANO FAN #1

        Haha ohh men loaiza

    • Darren

      hey he was one of the only good pitchers in the 2004 ALCS loss to the Sox. In game 7 he held down the fort after the Damon granny, didn’t he?

  • CJ

    Joe, good point that trading a player is not the Yankees MO and still Kuroda insisted on the no trade.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Kuroda may have just asked for a no-trade clause and the Yankees agreed. I don’t think if it’s clear if he insisted on one though. Very ESPNNY-ish type leap there.(kidding)

  • Ted Nelson

    Mostly has to worry about being traded if he stinks… in which case I suppose there’s a chance he’d sign off on a trade to the right team. Two school age daughters, so I can see why he wouldn’t want to move around himself/move them around.

    • Ted Nelson

      Granted, I am making a big assumption there and have no idea if his family even lives with him during the season.

      • Mister Delaware

        Or if his daughters attend a public or private school versus being home schooled.

        • Ted Nelson

          Or if his daughters attend no school and are truants.

          • Mister Delaware

            Now you’re just being negative.

  • Chris

    Didn’t they trade Jose Contreras to the White Sox for Loaiza?

    • Mister Delaware

      I think they traded Ted Lilly, too.