Hot Stove: Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan for 2015 season

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After spending seven seasons in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda is going to Japan to finish his career.

A news article from Japan (tweeted by N. Diunte of Examiner.com) said Hiroki Kuroda was going to sign with NBP Hiroshima, ending his tenure in the United States. Kuroda turns 40 in February and was 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 2014. If Kuroda decided to say in the United States, he could of had a one-year deal with the Yankees but now the Yankees will look elsewhere for rotation help as Kuroda heads home.

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6 Responses to Hot Stove: Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan for 2015 season

  1. scooter10 says:

    Good for Kuroda. From all accounts, he was a good teammate and gave us three years of solid starts. Nice to see him go out on his own terms.

  2. Hiroki Kuroda will go down as one of Brian Cashman's best signings. They didn't have to trade for him, he didn't cost a draft pick or a huge, multi-year deal to sign. He signed year-to-year deals and gave nearly an all-star performance every year. In three years he had a 3.44 ERA, threw 620 innings, had an ERA+ of 117, had a k/9 of 6.7, a bb/9 of 1.9 and a K:BB ratio of 3.59. It's extremely rare for any GM to snag a player on a great deal like that.

  3. Michael R says:

    I was hoping the Yanks could get one more year from him. He was a solid contributor, if not outstanding at times.

  4. Bomber4life says:

    Kuroda was a true work horse. He never gave up. I watched him pitch regularly. Most of his losses were because of lack of run production. He could have easily been a 20 game winner. He kept the bombers in the game every time he pitched. Thank you Hiro!

    • jpmags says:

      Bomber4life – Your comments are right on. I was hoping Kuroda would return for one more season even at $15 M. He would solidify the starting rotation and place Capuano in the Long Relief role, where he belongs. I was surprised that the Yankees did not make him a qualifying offer. I wonder if the Yankees tried to low ball him?

  5. Elodie says:

    I was hoping the Yanks could get one more year from him. He was a solid contributor, if not outstanding at times.

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