Report: Kuroda “content” with signing another one-year deal

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Via Nick Cafardo: Hiroki Kuroda is “content” with signing another one-year contract this offseason. The right-hander wants to retain some flexibility in case he decides to return to Japan down the road.

Kuroda, 38, pitched to a 3.32 ERA (3.86 FIP) in a career-high 219.2 innings this season after signing a one-year, $10M contract last offseason. I’m sure the Yankees would welcome him back on another one-year deal in a heartbeat even if requires an extra couple of million bucks. They figure to make him a qualifying offer by Friday’s deadline just in case he decides to return to the Dodgers or sign elsewhere.

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  • Nathan

    Sign him up Cash!

  • Blake

    Then make it happen like yesterday Cash

  • The DonSlaught

    No shit – this is a no-brainer. He was the true Ace of the staff last year.

  • Fredo

    1 year/$15M. Do it now.

  • vin

    I’d be “content” with him returning.

  • JLC 776

    If re-signing Kuroda is Cashman’s first move, I wouldn’t question it at all.

    Even if he’s ineffective next year, he’s earned another shot.

  • Eddard

    If we can get Kuroda and Ichiro for around $20 million it will be the biggest steal of the offseason. Both want to return and both should return.

  • Winter

    Best news of the offseason so far. Easily.

  • Blake

    Hopefully they make him the qualifying offer and he takes it

    • Cris Pengiucci

      And if he doesn’t, offer him more. As others have said, $15M for next season shouldn’t be out of the question.

  • jjyank

    Word. I’d love him back for 1 more year.

  • Steve (different one)

    STFU Hiroki!

    —your agent

  • rogue

    Hiroki is one of my favorite players. I would love to see him and Ichiro return.

  • Get Phelps Up

    Bring him back. I’d definitely give him $15m.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Drew

    As much as I loved Kuroda this year his age and career high workload makes me nervous for next year. I would be hesitant to offer a big raise on next year. Same could be said about Andy and Mariano but I think those are special cases.

    • Slugger27

      agree with this. $15M would be my absolute limit.

  • FLYER7

    Cash needs to make the equivalent of the Kelly for O’Neill and Chambliss for Cerone trades…

    • MannyGeee

      for who and whom?

  • Joe

    This should’ve been done yesterday!!

  • Anthony

    Would love him back! Good news on a crappy day.

  • Austin Aunelowitzky

    Good news…keep it coming.

  • 0 for infinity and beyond

    Yeah, He’s content. As in he’s content with a one year deal but I’m sure he’ll wait to see if something better comes along.

  • Reggie C.

    On a 1 year deal, I actually wouldn’t flinch at going up to $18 million to secure Kuroda. Kuroda has shown himself to be a reliable, consistent starter. I’m sure some west coast team is mulling to make a run at Kuroda. Angels perhaps?

    • MannyGeee

      thought the Angels were looking at shedding pitching, not adding it… didn’t we hear a Haren speculation last week?

  • vin

    Content?

    I don’t want my starters being merely content. Doesn’t sound like he has the heart of a champion. He’ll never succeed in NY.

    • MannyGeee

      ietc

  • Ichiro

    Brian, don’t cheap out and screw this up for us!

  • Mike

    Sounds like tons of teams would be willing to go on a bidding war for him. I know one team in Boston would probably offer him 2 years.