Report: Kuroda open to signing with other teams

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Open Thread: GM Meetings Day Two

Contrary to a recent report, Hiroki Kuroda is open to signing with a team other than the Yankees or the Hiroshima Carp according to Dan Barbarisi. He has a list, which I assume is all contenders. Jon Morosi says the Red Sox have already checked in on the veteran right-hander, in case you’re wondering.

Kuroda, 38, has until tomorrow to accept or reject the team’s $13.3M qualifying offer, and there’s a chance he’ll take it. At least a greater chance than with most players, anyway. Kuroda is open to signing another one-year deal and the Yankees are very obviously interested in bringing him back. He’s a perfect fit for what the team is trying to do both short- and long-term.

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Open Thread: GM Meetings Day Two
  • Mark L.

    Don’t screw this up Cashman…

    • forensic

      He doesn’t control what Kuroda wants to do or is thinking about doing. If he chooses to go somewhere else or someone else offers him huge money or multiple years, Cashman can’t control that.

      There are a myriad of possibilities that include him not in pinstripes without Cashman screwing up.

  • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

    Cashman needs to get this deal done even if he has to overpay slightly for 1 year since the budget bullshit isn’t in effect for another year anyway.

    Unless they’re gonna go out and sign a Greinke, pretty much all other options to replace him are downgrades.

    • Preston

      I don’t think it’s a matter of money, Kuroda wants a one year deal, he could probably get multiple years. He just doesn’t want to be stuck somewhere he doesn’t want to be. I’d bet the other teams he’s considering are the Dodgers and the Angels, he could go back to LA and pitch for a contender, have another go in NYC, or return to Japan and give it a victory lap. Whatever he decides money probably has little to do with it.

      • Joey from Jersey

        Money always has more than a little to do with it.

  • JobaWockeeZ

    One of the few win-win scenarios out there. I want him back but if he doesn’t I’ll take the pick.

  • forensic

    So you’re saying he didn’t take the call from the Red Sox since he’s probably only listening to contenders?

    Too easy?

    • FIPster Doofus

      Hey, the Red Sox are contenders … for fourth place in the AL East.

  • jjyank

    Don’t do it, Hiroki! Come back to us.

  • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

    Help us Hiroki-wan Kurobi, you’re our only hope.

  • Preston

    I want him to stay, but if he goes at least we get the draft pick, and we can go after Dan Haren on a one year deal instead. Him going to Boston wouldn’t even bother me much, I don’t think he’d put them over the top into contention anyways.

    • Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM)

      Unless Haren’s willing to sign a one year deal for no more than like 2-4 Mil (tops) no thank you. I think his back is in terrible shape, I mean if he’s still as good as he was with no injury concerns it makes no sense for LA to not pick up his option.

      • JonS

        They want to resign Grienke and chose that over Haren’s $15.5m option.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          They tried to trade him first. That’s the concern. That the Angels chose to buy him out instead of trade him is a pretty strong indication that other team’s had misgivings about his health as well.

    • FIPster Doofus

      Haren’s back must be really screwed up for him to have basically no trade value on a one-year deal and then be released. This is a guy who was a borderline ace before last season, so the lack of trade interest was telling.

      • Preston

        That’s what everybody thought when the Dodger’s released Martin, he hasn’t had an injury since.

  • Too Many Homers

    This is the trap the yanks fall into and why they have a roster full of overpaid players. They show interest in a player publicly then the Sox and others say they’re interested whether true or not. Then the yanks panic and overpay the player basically bidding against themselves. STOP DOING IT. Hiroki we offered you a 30% pay raise to stay, take it or get lost, period.

    • JaNY

      I actually doubt Kuroda is doing this for more money.

      It is just indicatation that he wants to consider all options

      rather than forced to sign with NY or return to JPN.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      More than 13.3M is entirely reasonable, if only a one year deal.
      Drawing a line in the sand at 13.3M because a few other players on the team happen to be overpaid is ridiculous.

  • MB923

    If Kuroda leaves and Pettitte retires, the Yankees lose their #2 and #3 pitcher (though Kuroda was arguably the ace last year) and CC will be returning from elbow surgery

    Should Kuroda and Pettitte leave, does anyone expect Cashman to make a big move?

    • JaNY

      Well we need SPs if they borth leave.

      Considering CC coming from elbow surgery

      and Pineda will not be ready until what ? ( June or July)

      We can not compete with

      CC, Hughes, Nova, Phelps rotation.

      • MB923

        Agreed. Makes me wonder if he goes after Greinke after all.

  • Manimal

    I cant see a 38 year old pitcher getting more than $13.3 annually on the open market… Hiroki better make up his mind quick because I doubt the yankees would approach him for more if he rejects(unless there were performance clauses)

    • RetroRob

      Age is more of an issue on a multi-year deal. He’s coming off a fine season in the AL East. $13.3M is below market. There are lesser pitchers on long-term deals pulling down a higher AAV. Some team will absoluetly give him 15 or 16M on a one-year deal.

  • RetroRob

    If he’s open to other teams, then he is not returning to Japan.

    He’s looking to get the most money he can in a one-year contract. Probably wants to return to the Yankees but wants to increase his leverage. It’ll cost more than $13.3M. If it’s a one-year deal, an argument can be made that he can demand more since the risk is reduced to the team.

  • JaNY

    Actually I was wondering

    Can “No-Trade” clause be included in QO ?

    if not he is going to reject QO for sure not because of

    money but he does not want to get traded if he signs

    1-year deal.