Hiroki Kuroda was one of the best free agent pickups in all of baseball a year ago, but the Yankees would likely be hesitant to re-sign him if he wanted a multi-year deal this offseason because of their desire to get payroll under $189 million by 2014.
However that won’t be a problem because Kuroda is reportedly content to sign a one-year deal in order to maintain flexibility in the event he decides to go back to Japan, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The Yankees paid Kuroda $10 million this season and they surely would sign up for that again. However they might be tempted to offer him a $13.3 million qualifying offer just in case he decides to leave the Bronx. If he did leave it would probably be to Los Angeles where he played most of his career. The Dodgers could certainly use him and they don’t seem shy to spend money.