Found January 14, 2012 on Dodgers Rumors:
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Well, being free agent in a weak pitching market has to be good deal these days. With Hiroki Kuroda coming off his strongest season with the Dodgers, he now has a new home with former teammate Paul Lo Duca.

The New York Yankees have signed Kuroda to a 1-year $10m contract which keeps him from returning to Japan after a 4 season long career in Los Angeles.

Kuroda was a well-liked asset to the team, despite having a losing record in all but one season. Many interviews taken through an interpreter would often showcase a mild-mannered yet competitive player who pitched consistently despite losing many games.

Kuroda takes a slight pay cut, having earned an average of around $11m over the last four years, but at $10m he shouldn't be hurting too bad.

The Dodgers despite not signing the workhorse have paid out smaller contracts to 4th and 5th string pitchers to shore up what could have been a very shaky starting 5.
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