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The 2012 season should have been a great season for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
They had Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw on the opening day roster. In mid-July, they traded for Hanley Ramirez and at the trade deadline, added Shane Victorino to the squad. If that team wasn’t elite enough, they traded for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford in August.
Even with all these additions, they were unable to qualify for the playoffs and they started to look forward to 2013 real early. Now in 2012-13 offseason, they are reportedly trying to sign Hiroki Kuroda, a pitcher who has played a good chunk of his career with the Dodgers.
Kuroda played with the club from 2008-2011 when he left Japan, until this past season when he signed with the New York Yankees. He finished the 2012 campaign in New York with a 16-11 record and a 3.32 ERA. He started in just one less game than in 2011 when he finished with a 13-16 record but with a 3.07 ERA.
Depending on which way you look at stats, either season could have been better. If you look at the sabermetric-way, 2011 was better with the lower ERA. If you look at the old way, 2012 was better with more wins.
Back to this off-season, Kuroda turned down the Yankees’ qualifying offer of $13.3 million for one year, officially making him a free agent. There was much speculation by other teams that if he didn’t resign with New York, that he would be heading back to his native country of Japan.
It has indeed been reported that Kuroda’s first choice isn’t to go back to pitch in NPBL. He has told his friends that his first desire is to pitch in southern California, where his kids are going to elementary school. This is going to give the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels much of an advantage to sign him.
Even though the Yankees desperately want him back in New York, the Dodgers seem to have a great chance to initiate a reunion. The only reason the Dodgers couldn’t re-sign him last season is because of the cheapness of the owners. That’s clearly not a problem now.
When Magic Johnson bought the Dodgers, their payroll skyrocketed and now they are sometimes referred to as the “Yankees of the west.” If they can afford the contracts of Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford, they can sign Kuroda.
The rumor is he is only seeking a one-year deal. This would be perfect for the Dodgers, as there is a chance that Chad Billingsley will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. Even if he does have the procedure performed on his elbow, he will be ready sometime in 2014.
Kuroda is a good option to take his spot during the 2013 season and if even they don’t resign him for 2014, they will have Billingsley coming back. Now because he already has experience in the Dodger blue, they seem like they should have an edge over the Angels.
Another question is if the Angels will even have any interest in him. They are going to need someone to take Zach Grienke’s spot in the rotation with him most likely not re-signing, but it doesn’t seem likely it will be Kuroda. It is starting to seem more and more likely that a reunion is in the near future for Kuroda and the LA Dodgers.
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The Yankees have re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one year, $15 million deal. Earlier today, it was reported that Kuroda was likely to either return to the Bronx for 2013, or head back to Japan.
2012 was Kuroda's first with the Yankees, and he turned in another season that has been typical of his career since coming to America for the 2008 season. In 33 starts...
Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the right-hander reached the agreement Tuesday. The person was speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.
Kuroda, who turns 38 in February, was the Yankees' most consistent pitcher during the regular season...
Earlier Tuesday, there was a rumor floating around Twitter that B.J. Upton had signed a long-term contract with the Phillies. That turned out to be fake, or alternatively sent to the present from the presently unknowable future. There was also a rumor floating around Twitter that Hiroki Kuroda had signed a short-term contract with the Yankees. That turned out to be real, as Kuroda...
From Jayson Stark:If free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda pitches in the United States next season, it apparently will be for the New York Yankees.
The Yankees are now "very confident" they're going to sign the 37-year-old Kuroda, and believe he will either pitch for them or return to Japan, say agents and clubs that have spoken with them. Meanwhile, other teams...
Kuroda finished the 2012 season with a 16-11 record and 3.32 ERA.
Stay in the Majors or return to Japan? That always seemed to be the really question regarding starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. It’s no secret that Kuroda has a desire to return to his country.
This is why the New York Yankees willingness to sign Kuroda to a one-year deal may have worked in their favor. New York...
NEW YORK (AP) Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract.
Kuroda, who turns 38 in February, was the Yankees’ most consistent pitcher during the regular season. He went 16-11, tying for the team lead in wins, and led New York with 33 starts and 219 2-3 innings.
After losing six of his first nine decisions, he finished with a...
From Anthony DiComo:Hiroki Kuroda will be back with the Yankees next season on a one-year contract. The Yankees did not release details, but ESPN's Buster Olney reported the deal to be worth $15 million, plus incentives of less than $1 million.
Though Kuroda recently rejected the Yankees' one-year, $13 million qualifying offer, it was widely assumed that he was...
Hiroki Kuroda (Photo credit: shinya)
Phew…was my reaction when I read the news via ESPN’s Buster Olney that the New York Yankees had re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $15 million deal for 2013.
Kuroda was the Yankees best pitcher in 2012, posting a 16-11 record, with a 3.32 ERA over a career high of 219.2 innings pitched. In 33 starts, Kuroda pitched three...
The New York Yankees took their first step toward restocking their
rotation Tuesday, re-signing free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda
to a one-year, $15 million contract, according to a major-league
The New York Yankees have finally made some noise in what has been a quiet offseason for the team so far. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Yankees have re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal worth $15 million. The deal also includes incentives that could raise the price to just under $16 million.
Last season was Kuroda’s first with the Yankees and...
After rumors that Hiroki Kuroda may prefer to return to Southern California, the Yankees are very confident that they will sign the veteran if he pitches in America in 2013, according to Jayson Stark. There is still a chance that Kuroda could return to his native Japan to finish out his career, but the non-Yankee [...]
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The New York Yankees have signed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year $15mm deal, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
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Finally! Some news from Yankees Universe! I was really happy to hear last night that Hiroki Kuroda has been signed for 2013. He won't be pitching in LA or Japan next year after-all. Congratulations, Hirok.One down, several more to go. One of those several more is Mariano Rivera. I've already made my position clear on this blog that he should be given the same salary he...
The week of Thanksgiving is usually pretty dead in the MLB offseason, but this year, we've actually had a solid amount of activity. A pair of pitchers went off the market and re-signed with their current teams: Jeremy Guthrie with the Royals, and Hiroki Kuroda with the Yankees. Keeping things in the AL East, the Blue Jays finally hired a manager: John Gibbons, who was their manager...