Oct
30

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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28 Comments»

  1. Nathan says:

    Sign him up Cash!

  2. Blake says:

    Then make it happen like yesterday Cash

  3. The DonSlaught says:

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

  4. Fredo says:

    1 year/$15M. Do it now.

  5. vin says:

    I’d be “content” with him returning.

  6. JLC 776 says:

    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.

  7. Eddard says:

    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.

  8. Winter says:

    Best news of the offseason so far. Easily.

  9. Blake says:

    Hopefully they make him the qualifying offer and he takes it

    • Cris Pengiucci says:

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

  10. jjyank says:

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

  11. Steve (different one) says:

    STFU Hiroki!

    —your agent

  12. rogue says:

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

  13. Get Phelps Up says:

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

  14. Drew says:

    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.

  15. FLYER7 says:

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

  16. Joe says:

    This should’ve been done yesterday!!

  17. Anthony says:

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

  18. Austin Aunelowitzky says:

    Good news…keep it coming.

  19. 0 for infinity and beyond says:

    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.

  20. Reggie C. says:

    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 says:

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

  21. vin says:

    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.

  22. Ichiro says:

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

  23. Mike says:

    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.

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