The Yankees may be in danger of losing Hiroki Kuroda as he apparently prefers to pitch in Southern California, which is close to his daughters’ schools, over pitching in the Bronx or Japan, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.
At this point it’s hard to believe every rumor coming out about Kuroda. We’ve heard that he prefers a one-year deal and then he supposedly wants a multi-year deal. Then we heard he preferred the Yankees or Japan, but now apparently he wants to stay in Southern California.
The only thing that we know for sure is that Kuroda turned down the Yankees $13.3 million qualifying offer and that they’re going to want him back on a one-year deal. That likely means that if the Yankees are going to convince him to come back that it could take upwards of $15-$16 million and potentially even more.
It really depends on who steps up with the multi-year offer. The Angels, Dodgers, and Red Sox are all said to be interested in him. If one of them offers him a two-year, $30 million offer than it might be hard for the Yankees to convince him to stay. We’re going to have to wait and see how it develops.