Hiroki Kuroda has a full no trade clause

The Yankees tried to trade for Hiroki Kuroda at the trade deadline last season, but he evoked his no trade clause and stayed in Los Angeles. Now that he’s a Yankee, he doesn’t want to go anywhere else and has gotten another full no trade clause as part of his contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Why would Kuroda reject a deal to the Yankees one month and then make sure they can’t trade him the next month? He spoke with Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times about that and said that he didn’t want to join a contender midseason, winning that way would have been cheap he said.

Kuroda also said that his preference was to return to the Dodgers this offseason, but once it became clear they weren’t going to offer him a contract he narrowed his options to his former team the Hiroshima Carp and the Yankees even though five or six teams were interested in him. Kuroda, who has never been in the playoffs in America or Japan, ultimately took less money to join the Yankees for the chance to win.

“They have an incredible tradition,” Kuroda said of the Yankees. “They contend for the championship every year. I wanted to play for a team like that. When you get to my age, you don’t know how much longer you can pitch and I wanted to experience that before my career ended.”

In taking less to join the Yankees, he’s shown that he’s not just here for the money. In recent years that has been important to the front office that players actually want to be in the Bronx and it was probably a big reason why they signed him.

Kuroda also said that he thinks that Russell Martin, who was his catcher in Los Angeles, will make his transition to the Yankees easier.

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9 Responses to Hiroki Kuroda has a full no trade clause

  1. Rob says:

    This was an excellent move by the Yankees front office! In an "off year" for big time free agent pitchers, where pretenders like CJ Wilson and Mark Buerhle were fetching ridiculous long term contracts, this was the only move that made sense. I am glad the waiting game paid off for Cashman. For awhile there I thought we were going to have to go through another year of hoping our rotation would hold up. Now it's looking a lot better!

  2. john says:

    I have a feeling this guy will be another Javy Vazquez. Hope Im wrong. But I think hes gonna get blown up on the,AL East

  3. NYYinATL says:

    Why would this guy be another Javy Vasquez? Javy's problem wasn't with his arm….it was between his ears. This guy has a better road ERA and there is no reason to think he can't dance on a big stage. Very professional pitcher….a la Matsui as a hitter.

    • MikeD says:

      Actually, no, it was in his arm and motion. His velocity still was down after he left NY and it wasn't until midway through 2011 that it returned. It happens.

  4. john says:

    I dont trust guys going from the NL to the AL. Especially the AL east with the short porch. I see his era going up over a run.
    Just watch.

    • Mike Sommer says:

      If his ERA goes up by a run it goes to 4.07. Which is acceptable, being that it would STILL be a run below A.J.'s.

    • makjak2 says:

      People really overstate the NL to AL switch. Especially with the AL east. Sure the east is probably the best offensive divisions but if you take the Yankees (where he is now playing) out of the equation you have a great Red Sox offense, and good Toronto offense and… the Rays and Orioles offenses.