Rumor: Kuroda would consider playing for the Yankees

The pitcher the Yankees tried hardest to trade for this past July 31st trade deadline was probably Hiroki Kuroda. They probably would have pulled off a trade too, but Kuroda evoked his no trade clause and that put an end to talks between the Yankees and Dodgers.

Now it looks like Kuroda has no problem playing for the Yankees as well as a few other teams, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

It probably wasn’t anything personal against the Yankees, Kuroda seems to just like Los Angeles and after that option was closed to him this offseason he has broadened the amount of teams he is willing to play for.

Kuroda is said to be looking for a one-year deal worth $12-13 million. The Yankees will probably keep trying to find a trading partner to add a starter via that option and they are likely in on the bidding for Yu Darvish. If both of those things fall through though, we could see the Yankees calling Kuroda.

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5 Responses to Rumor: Kuroda would consider playing for the Yankees

  1. Casey says:

    Kuroda is no better than what the Yankees already have. This is ridiculous.

    • Tanned Tom says:

      Better than Hughes too. The question is whether he will be worth $12 mil when we can expect a 4.00 ERA with 190 to 200 innings (which is pretty good) versus $500,000 for Noesi who might go 150 innings with a 4.75 ERA. It would really make sense if they unload Burnett, alot less otherwise.

  2. Mike Sommer says:

    No better than A.J.? Really? Granted it's the NL, the DH-less league and the NL West, but the guy did put up a 3.45 ERA since being in the majors. In the last two years, his ERA was 3.23….or almost two full runs below A.J.'s 5.20.

    • Fred says:

      While I agree with you on the comparison with Burnett, I also don't know that Kuroda will help us where it really matters: the playoffs. He's far from a guarantee at the 2 or 3 spot.

  3. ATLNYYfan says:

    I think you're all underestimating Kuroda. This is a very good pitcher and would easily be the 2nd or 3rd best option over what we have….and on a ONE YEAR deal! Cashman needs to not make the same mistake twice….sign Kuroda NOW. Then, work on trading AJ or package Hughes in another deal. A rotation of say, CC, Gio, Kuroda, Nova and Garcia is what the Yankees SHOULD go into battle with next year if they want to make it past the first round!

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