Found January 14, 2012 on
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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A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda has agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.
The person says the deal is pending the 36-year-old former Los Angeles Dodgers starter passing a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there has not yet been an announcement.
On Friday, the New York Yankees addressed their glaring need for starting pitching.
The Yankees agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with veteran free agent Hiroki Kuroda, a 200-inning starter for the Dodgers last season, according to a major-league source. The deal is pending a physical.
The Yankees also agreed with the Mariners on a trade that will bring All-Star right...
The Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with Hiroki Kuroda, pending a physical, tweets Jack Curry of the YES Network (Twitter link). The deal will pay Kuroda between $10-$11MM in 2012.
The Yankees surprised the baseball world on Friday by trading highly-touted catching prospect Jesus Montero and young pitcher Hector Noesi to the Seattle Mariners for young, hard-throwing right-handed SP Michael Pineda and minor-league righty Jose Campos according to multiple sources including MLB Trade Rumors. There were some rumors about the Mariners making a blockbuster...
Some talking heads were saying just this week how the the New York Yankees had been so quiet this offseason until tonight when general manager Brian Cashman shook up the baseball world with a blockbuster trade that netted him right-handed starting pitchers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for catcher Jesus Montero and right-handed pitcher Hector...
This is why the New York Yankees pay Brian Cashman the big bucks to be general manager.
Cashman reconstructed the Yankees starting rotation Friday night by making a bold trade with the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Michael Pineda and throwing a lot of money at free-agent righty Hiroki Kuroda.
The Yankees moved their top prospect, slugging catcher Jesus Montero, along with right...
After the New York Yankees finalize their trade for Mariners‘ right-hander, Michael Pineda, and dot the I’s on the Hiroki Kuroda contract, general manager Brian Cashman will suddenly have a very crowded starting rotation.
Cashman has already re-signed Freddy Garcia to a one-year deal. He also owns A.J. Burnett and his overpriced contract. Phil Hughes, the wonder...
The Yankees may have solved the lingering questions of their rotation in just one night, nearing completion on deals that will fit righties Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda for pinstripes in 2012.
At least by outward appearances, Boston doesn't appear shaken by the 1-2 punch of Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. New York is nearing completion on transactions that will bring talented righty starters Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda on board.