Rumor: Yankees Discussing Hiroki Kuroda

The Yankees have been in contact with nearly every free agent starting pitcher and moved on from most, but one that they have lingering interest in is former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda, according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

The Yankees were interested in signing Kuroda last offseason and then tried to trade for him in July, but both times he didn’t want to come to the East Coast. Now that appears to have changed and he is open to coming over.

Kuroda, who will soon be 37, is said to be looking for a one-year deal worth $12-13 million. That is a high average annual value, but it has the Yankees interested as they would rather sign a pitcher on a one-year deal. Right now it seems like they are deciding whether or not he would actually be worth it as an upgrade to what they already have.

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3 Responses to Rumor: Yankees Discussing Hiroki Kuroda

  1. David K. says:

    What is their fascination with this guy? I don't see how he is any better than just starting any of our prospects. In fact, he will probably do worse. I'm also wary of adding people who did not want to come here in the first place but now want to come here to get a new contract. We should pass on him.

    • Susan says:

      Agreed 100% DavidK. If you look at any of my past comments on this guy, I've been against us getting him from the get go. He'd get absolutely torched in the AL East.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    A guy with a career 3.45 ERA is definitely of value, and is all but certain to be a better pitcher next year than both Burnett and Hughes. Still I'm cautious for several reasons: he'll be 37 next year, has put up that ERA in a pitchers park, in a weak hitting division (Padres AND Giants? can you say AAA?) and the non-DH league. Expect his ERA to jump to 4.00 with the Yankees. Is a 37 year old with a 4.00 ERA worth $12 mil? If his name is Andy Pettitte, yes. If not then no. They're paying Garcia $5 mil expecting a high 3 ERA and 180 innings. Colon could probably put up a low 4 ERA and 160 innings for $3 mil. Noesi might do 4.75 and 150 innings for $.5 mil. I can't see how Kuroda would be a good value by those standards.
    At least this shows Cashman is thinking along the right lines: sign an ace (Sabathia, Lee) when one is available, trade for a short term pitcher (Wandy Rodriguez, Danks), trade for an ace (Hernandez), or sign a veteran short term (Garcia, Colon, et al). The worst scenario is signing a middling pitcher for more than 2 years (Burnett, maybe even Wilson and Buehrle) as 2014 is the big year.