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Kuroda believed to be happy with another one-year deal

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 31, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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.

Hard to believe such a perspective in our culture, but Kuroda is the same guy who’s said he does not really enjoy pitching, and his background makes the game more of an obligation than a pastime.

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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