Scroll down to the bottom of this article by Nick Cafardo, who writes that members of the Japanese media have said Hiroki Kuroda is “content” signing a one-year deal at this point in his career.
In the past year I became pretty close with one of the writers assigned to Kuroda, and several times he told me the same thing. In fact, he’s indicated that Kuroda prefers a one-year deal because it lets him exhaust himself in the course of a season without worrying that he’ll become a drain further down the road.
After his performance this season — punctuated by his short-rest start in the ALCS — a one-year deal with Kuroda would be a no-brainer for the Yankees, who would add a much-needed, proven arm without taking on any long-term risk. Kuroda seemed to enjoy New York, and if he’s up for a return, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees turning him away.
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