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.