The other day we found out that Hiroki Kuroda wants to play at least one more season in Japan before he retires. The latest is that he will choose between re-signing with the Yankees or a deal with the Hiroshima Carp next season, according to David Lennon of Newsday.
If that’s true it’s pretty good news for the Yankees. He’ll be 38 to start next season and coming off what is possibly his best season in his major league career so there is no reason to think that next season has to be his last. If that’s the case, and the Yankees don’t have to worry about a team like the Dodgers signing him away, then it seems likely that he’ll return for one more go around.
The Yankees have extended Kuroda a $13.3 qualifying offer that he has yet to accept or reject. If he rejects it and signs in Japan, the Yankees will obviously not get a draft pick. If he rejects it though that doesn’t mean that they can’t still work out a deal. He could just want to negotiate for more money or may want some more time to decide.