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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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75 Responses to “Kuroda believed to be happy with another one-year deal”

  1. Tyler October 31st, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    blake-

    I agree with Betances in the ‘pen. The Yanks should be fine on starting pitching depth… guys like Phelps, Warren, maybe even Brett Marshall soon have proven that they can start. Betances could be awesome in the ‘pen. Or he could be Jose Veras.

  2. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t think there is anyone here that wouldn’t want Kuroda back for another year. A true Ace and should have had 20 wins with a little more love from the Yankees offense.

    Any interest in getting Soria, recuperating from TJ?

  3. Tyler October 31st, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Perhaps an Aardsma type deal for Soria? He loves Mariano so maybe the Yanks can get him…when healthy he’s great with his 6 pitches out of the bullpen lol. Always thought KC should have started him.

  4. fantasygame101 October 31st, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    if he wants a 1 yr deal and likes new york, why haven’t they agreed to a deal yet? is he too good for cashman liking?

  5. blake October 31st, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal: Source: #Royals acquire Ervin Santana from #Angels. Return not yet known.

    Surely not Gordon

  6. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I just found this on Soria who had his 2nd TJ 4/3/12 for a 50% tear of the UCL. Not sure there is anything else that gives a possible return date.

    Soria was unsure about his chances for coming back after a second Tommy John procedure in which a tendon from his left arm will be inserted in his right elbow.

    “They don’t have a study of guys that have had two Tommy John surgeries at my age [27] so it’s tough to say a number,” he said. “This surgery has been practiced for I think like 30 years or so and there haven’t been too many cases of guys my age having the second surgery.”

    Left-hander Chris Capuano, now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, had a somewhat similar track record. He underwent his second surgery at age 29 in May 2008, about six years after the first. He missed all of 2008 and most of 2009 before getting back to the Majors in 2010 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last year he was a rotation regular for the New York Mets

  7. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Royals acquire Ervin Santana from #Angels. Return not yet known.

    :x

  8. blake October 31st, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Doubt they’d trade Anybody that good for Santana

  9. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Blake-

    Now that Ervin Santana is gone, why trade Haren.

  10. Against All Odds October 31st, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    It better be for spare parts

  11. mick October 31st, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Has anybody heard from Shame?

  12. blake October 31st, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Yankee Trader says:
    October 31, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    Blake-

    Now that Ervin Santana is gone, why trade Haren.

    Maybe they wont

  13. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Also, expect the Angels to announce Saturday or soon after that they just signed FA Soriano to be their closer.

  14. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Mick-

    No I haven’t. Is she in NY or NJ?

  15. blake October 31st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I’m guessing its for prospects and not a real big name

  16. Warning Track Power October 31st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Tyler October 31st, 2012 at 4:35 pm
    Betances has fallen all the way to #17 on the Yanks prospect list according to mlb.com….. if he doesn’t do anything next year it seems like he’d have lost his prospect status at the age of 25…. really disappointing.
    —————————————————————————————————
    More reason why I don’t pay much attention to highly touted prospects and players down in the minors that are “supposed to be stars”.

  17. mick October 31st, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Shame is a Jersey girl.
    They were hit the worst.

  18. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Since the Royals are picking up the option probably less than spare parts.

  19. Tyler October 31st, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I thought Santana was going to be an ace after seeing him dominate the Yanks in that game 5 of the ’05 ALDS…. he really never got it going consistently.

  20. UnKnown October 31st, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    “I don’t think there is anyone here that wouldn’t want Kuroda back for another year.”

    Ha, I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Lots of people with certain agendas here. Also some like to bring up the fact that he pitched in the N.L. I remember one person not even thinking that Kuroda should get a start in the playoffs.

    “@Ken_Rosenthal – Source: #Royals acquire Ervin Santana from #Angels”

    Funny that out of Santana and Haren it was Santana who was drawing the least interest around the league and now he goes before Haren. #ycpb

  21. blake October 31st, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Maybe Francouer to LA?

  22. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I thought the Royals were looking for GOOD young pitching.

    ;)

  23. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    If dominating the Yankees in the postseason is the only requirement for ace-dom there’d be a surplus :)

  24. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Live coverage Giants celebration on now MLBTV

  25. The Return of Stoneburner October 31st, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Santana has good career stats minus 2012 – - – -

  26. UnKnown October 31st, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Live coverage Giants celebration on now MLBTV

    ——–

    Brian Wilson came out dressed in a way that only “The Beard” could pull off.

    The Mayor just gave the team the Broom to the City. No joke.

  27. DaSaint007 October 31st, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Sign Kuroda!
    Target Soria.
    Re-up Chavez, Ibanez and Nix.
    Work on Andy & Mo.
    Sign Ichiro for RF. Please.

  28. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Santana has good career stats minus 2012 – – – -

    Minus 2009, & 2007-2005 as well.

  29. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I looked up Santana’s stats vs Haren’s for this past season, earlier.

    Much better stats vs righty batters than Haren but too many walks and loads of homers-I believe it was 39.

  30. Tyler October 31st, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    JF-

    Haha, very true. His stuff looked great that night, much better than Joe Freakin’ Saunders. You could just tell that the Giants were going to kill the Tigers… Fister and Sanchez got away with so many mistakes. Even Verlander kept falling behind in the count.. terrible. But that’s over and done with.

  31. Tyler October 31st, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Yeah Santana really has only had about 2 good years if I recall correctly. He’s only been average to below average other than that. His stuff always looked elite, results just haven’t been up to par.

  32. The Return of Stoneburner October 31st, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Santana has good career stats minus 2012 – – – -

    Minus 2009, & 2007-2005 as well.

    ******

    I don’t put much stock in 2005 – and it was not terrible. 2006 was pretty decent with ERA and for second year in the league. Post 07 – when he was sixth in CY in 08 – pretty good actually – better than Hughes. So, again, really since he put it all together in ’08 – only really 2012 is the main blemish – - — pretty decent.

  33. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    There might be more viewers watching the Giants celebration now than who watched their WS-lowest TV viewership in history.

  34. CompassRosy October 31st, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Jon Morosi ?@jonmorosi
    Sources: #Angels receive Brandon Sisk in Ervin Santana trade.

  35. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t put much stock in 2005 – and it was not terrible. 2006 was pretty decent with ERA and for second year in the league. Post 07 – when he was sixth in CY in 08 – pretty good actually – better than Hughes. So, again, really since he put it all together in ’08 – only really 2012 is the main blemish – – — pretty decent.

    2009 he had a 5 ERA. He has had a 5 ERA 3 times. 07, 09, 12. He gives up a lot of jacks without the walk rate to back it up.

  36. blake October 31st, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    @jonmorosi: Sources: #Angels receive Brandon Sisk in Ervin Santana trade.

  37. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    If the Royals gave up much of anything for Santana they’re very foolish IMO.

  38. blake October 31st, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Last time the Royals traded for a bounce back candidate pitcher it didn’t go so well…..

  39. CompassRosy October 31st, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal
    Trade official: Santana and cash from #Angels to #Royals for LH reliever Doug Sisk

  40. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Anybody have anything on Sisk ?

  41. The Return of Stoneburner October 31st, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    2009 he had a 5 ERA. He has had a 5 ERA 3 times. 07, 09, 12. He gives up a lot of jacks without the walk rate to back it up.

    ******

    He is also had some pretty nice seasons in there as well – so the guy is not garbage – and has had more of a track record than Hughes to date – not a bad pitcher – - – -

  42. CompassRosy October 31st, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I think that Rosenthal tweet had a typo (Doug Sisk is even older than me ;-) )

  43. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Not a bad pitcher, but hardly ‘good career stats pre-2012′ :) He is an up and down guy who relies too much on bad fastball command and overthrowing a slider. He has a 101 ERA+ pre-2012. Career ERA+ now at 97.

  44. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Sisk is a 27 yr old. lefty reliever who has never pitched above AAA.

  45. CompassRosy October 31st, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Brandon Sisk…

    http://www.baseball-reference......211;001bra

  46. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Judging by the return for Santana it appears it will be pretty tough to deal with Moore.

    :(

  47. theREALkevin October 31st, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Jeez, what does Sisk have to do to make it to the bigs? I know the walks are a little high but damn, even his PCL numbers are really good

  48. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Santana was primarily a salary dump.

    Royals are paying 13 mil for Santana. That’s nuts.

    Good luck with that one.

    ;)

  49. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    On second thought the Halos made out pretty well.

    Minus 13 mil in salary plus a 27 y/o left-handed reliever.

    I’m surprised the Royals gave ‘em anything other than the salary relief.

  50. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    If I were the Halos I would have just bought Santana out for the 1 mil
    buyout.

    They took a pretty big risk picking up his option.

    They’re lucky IMO that someone agreed to pay 13 mil for Santana even for just a year.

    He’ not worth anywhere near that.

  51. Benny Blanco October 31st, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Yankees don’t need soriano. For once the Yankees have to take a risk just like the rays often do. How many times are we gonna watch the rays sign average relievers only to watch them have career years for them ?I.e farms worth, Rodney and Balfour.

  52. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Benny-

    I don’t think the Yankees are gonna take a risk with their closer.

    They treat the position seriously.

    Too seriously to take chances on erratic and inconsistent guys.

  53. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    MTU-

    Angels saved enough money to sign Soriano on Saturday! :)

  54. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    YT-

    Especially if they wind up dumping Haren too.

    ;)

  55. MTU October 31st, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Make that QO to Hiroki-san.

    Bet he takes it.

    If he doesn’t we get another draft pick.

  56. blake October 31st, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You can start taking the Royals seriously when their pitching acquisitions stop being Jonathon Sanchezs and Ervin Santanas

  57. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Dumb move for the Royals.

  58. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    MTU-

    Family in NJ still without power?

    If the Angels still are looking to dump Haren, they might also want to go after their “Angel killer”………….Kuroda.

  59. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Make the qo to Kuroda so other teams have to give up a pick to get him

  60. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    How many teams need and can afford Boras client, Soriano to be their closer for the next 3-4 years. Boras wants 4?

    Tigers, Angels, Jays, maybe Marllins? Many teams already have good closers.

  61. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    White Sox, Twins, Cubs, Brewers, Reds, Mets, Nats, Royals

  62. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    The thing is, multi year deals take a month or two of wrangling to figure out. Thats why Boras will decline the QO.

  63. Benny Blanco October 31st, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Mtu,

    I just don’t see soriano coming back.

  64. kd October 31st, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    soriano also showed that he could handle a big market team like new york. that’s going to make him a few more millions.

    red sox have money to spend and a need at closer. they might do 3/40 to get him to go there

  65. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    And in truth, Boras just needs 1 team interested to have a bidding war, and he knows he can fall back on ole Randy Levine.

  66. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    JF-

    Who would you like to see closing for the Yankees next year?

  67. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Levine going to screw us again? Why have a GM if the Pres is going to but his nose in and screw things up? FFS.

  68. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Who would you like to see closing for the Yankees next year?

    D-rob or Joba with Fujikawa as setup

  69. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    JF-

    DRob with Fujikawa or Affeldt.
    Joba hpefully will get his command back and not allow 50% inherited runners to score.

  70. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Jim Johnson, 51 saves, 94%, 2.6 mil

    Fernando Rodney, 48 saves, 96%, 2.5 mil

    Craig Kimbrel, 42 saves, 93%, 0.59 mil

    Jason Motte, 42 saves, 86%, 1.95 mil

    Chris Perez, 39 saves, 91%, 4.5 mil

    Those are top 5 save totals in all of baseball other than Soriano (42 saves, 91%, 11 mil).

    You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a closer!

  71. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Closers don’t have to worry about inherited runners :evil: I think it was a flukey thing that he was dealing with coming off injury. He looked really good by the end of the year & I think will have a strong year next year. Would that it were starting, but whatever.

    Oh and I guess my real answer is Mariano Rivera, assuming he comes back.

  72. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    OK.

    Rivera
    Robertson
    Fujikawa/Affeldt
    Joba
    Logan
    Aardsma
    Phelps

  73. Jerkface October 31st, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a closer!

    This is definitely true, but its also true that you have to patient & lucky to not spend a lot of money on closers. Rodney was awful the past 5 years, so it was a calculated risk on a bounce back. Motte’s actually been a pretty good reliever since he came up but this was his first year closing, so this is a D-rob/Joba case. Kimbrel would be like if the Yankees went with Montgomery. Perez actually isnt that good, but he shows that anyone with good stuff can probably close successfully.

    The Yankees definitely have non bank busting options for closer, and they really can’t spend double digits on a non-mo closer.

  74. Yankee Trader October 31st, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    New Post————->

    Good evenng all

  75. jacksquat October 31st, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    By the way, Mariano’s career save % is 89%.

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