It’s looking like Hiroki Kuroda is receiving quite a bit of attention this offseason. The Red Sox are among rumors and he is said to be the top choice for the Dodgers. With the talk of multi-year offers abound, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe says that Kuroda would only take a one-year offer if it significantly beat the Yankees qualifying offer.
Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that Kuroda will reject the Yankees qualifying offer, but it’s hard to interpret it as anything else than he wants a multi-year deal or else he wants about $14-$15 million or so. Since it seems that the Yankees are nearly out of the market completely for multi-year offers, they may have to spend a bit more than $13.3 million to keep him.
Despite previous reports that said Kuroda was choosing between returning to the Yankees or going back to Japan, he seems open to signing with any club. There is no reason to think that Japan is out of the mix too.