Rumor: Yankees have not made an offer to Hiroki Kuroda

This morning a Yankees blog linked to a Japanese website that claimed that the Yankees had made a $12 million offer to former Dodger Hiroki Kuroda, however both Bryan Hoch and Erik Boland reported that the claim was false.

The Yankees have pursued Kuroda in the past. Last offseason they tried to sign him and again at the trade deadline they tried again. Both times Kuroda didn’t want to leave the West Coast, but this offseason he has been more open to the East Coast.

Kuroda is supposedly looking for a one-year deal, which they like, at $12-13 million, which they don’t like. They will likely monitor the situation hoping that his price drops, but if it doesn’t they may pass as they have once again put importance on keeping the payroll down. They just signed Garcia for $4 million, the two sides would probably have to at least meet in the middle.

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