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Kuroda official

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Nov 20, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees confirmed the signing of Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year deal. It’s for $15 million, plus under $1 million in incentives, according to ESPN.

Here’s Kuroda’s statement:

“I am very happy and excited to re-sign with the Yankees. I am very grateful for all of the interest and all of the offers that I received from the various teams that courted me. It was a tough decision for me to make, but at the end of the day, I wanted to try to win a championship with the teammates that I went to battle with last season.”

 
 

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68 Responses to “Kuroda official”

  1. RadioKev November 20th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    He’s such a pro.

  2. ac1 November 20th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    very good deal!
    1 year too….
    I’m betting now that Pettitte sees this, his decision will come pretty fast.

  3. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I wanted to try to win a championship with the teammates that I went to battle with last season.

    Don’t worry Hiro, the team will be almost 100% the same…

  4. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I am very glad to have him back. He was a rock last year. I didn’t realize before seeing him what quality stuff he has. He can throw 93-94 with a nasty splitter. He’s not an old looking pitching getting by on guile.

  5. ac1 November 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    The Yankees are interested in Stephen Drew?
    They have Jeter AND Nunez…..

  6. The Return of Stoneburner November 20th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Heyman writes that the Yankees saw Drew as a “super sub” who could provide depth around the infield. New York didn’t see Drew as a short-term fill-in for Derek Jeter at short since Brian Cashman is confident that Jeter will be recovered from ankle surgery by Opening Day.
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#QrBeukk5C0qq4Awv.99

  7. SoS November 20th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I wanted to try to win a championship with the teammates that I went to battle with last season.”

    ========

    I will decode this for Cash and gang. Dont give us potatoes to eat as the main dish. Better get me some steak and lobster for this season.
    No signing almost 40 year old virgins. More like late 20ish stallions i can run with. Time to put the women and children to bed and go looking for supper.

  8. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    tucker, I read your post at the end of the previous thread.

    I think I expressed myself in pretty mild terms and I didn’t go after any individual (aside from the dummy screen name, but that’s a separate matter).

    I disagree with you, somewhat, about a couple of the things you said, but not enough to discuss them further and I’m running short on time now. So, I’m okay, you’re okay, all will be okay with the LoHud now that we have Kuroda back on the Yanks.

  9. SoS November 20th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Yankees get an infielder from the A’s coming off a down year to spark the them to another title.
    Sound familiar? No im not talking about Scotty. Stevie Drewy(not sure which name will stick), come on down!

  10. Bo knows November 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Repost

    You see, if A Rod had been signed to a rational seven years then after next year he would have one year left on the contract and things could move along. And let’s not go to the Soriano block head signing. Or the draft/Latin budget, far less the dumpster dive 95 wins.

    Just for something different – Heathcott and Austin should be in AA next year, maybe the talent is for real and Hola – we have ignition.

  11. NYY fan in NH November 20th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    That’s an awesome comment from Kuroda. Now lets give this guy some offense and he could win 20..If he can repeat his performance that is.

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock November 20th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Okaerinasai!

    tucker, excellent post in last thread.

  13. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Drew Woukd be great if he’d accept that role ….could make Nunie pretty expendable

  14. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Kuroda is the best

  15. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Kuroda left money on the table. Let’s help him out.

    I do like Drew. Red Sox have to have more money. Have Kuroda call him.

  16. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    “Just for something different – Heathcott and Austin should be in AA next year, maybe the talent is for real and Hola – we have ignition.”

    If those 2 hit at AA then it really changes things …because then the Yanks suddenly have young talent knocking on the big league door instead of young talent in A ball

  17. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    @JackCurryYES: Pineda threw off flat ground about 10 days ago. Cashman said he looked good, but stressed that Pineda won’t pitch in game until May/June.

    Here is hoping he shows up throwing bullets by July and is a factor in the 2d half

  18. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    How is Stephen Drew a super sub when he has never, ever played anywhere but SS in the majors and minors?

  19. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Anyone who plays SS can play every other position, duh.

  20. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    JF,

    Could Nakajima be that guy too? Would he?

  21. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    And this interest in Drew makes it seem they have no confidence in Nunez.

  22. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    Anyone who plays SS can play every other position, duh.

    Not with zero experience!

  23. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    jacksquat says:
    November 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    And this interest in Drew makes it seem they have no confidence in Nunez.

    Or maybe they might trade him?

  24. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    The Chicago Cubs designated Bryan LaHair for assignment and will work with him to sign with a club in Japan, the team announced on Tuesday.

    Oh man, gotta grab this guy off the waiver wire

  25. Bo knows November 20th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    With the caveat that the AZL supposedly had terrible pitching this year and so on – Heathcott and Austin looked very good last year. Just trying to leaven things up a bit. And yes I meant “leaven”. “Accentuate the positive”.

  26. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Oh man, gotta get LaHair, what the hell?

    .291 .362 .503 .865 vs RHP in 2012 and he can play RF

  27. Tar November 20th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    So if Kuroda gets 15 plus incentives what does Andy get?

  28. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Manny Macahdo had virtually never played 3B before he was called up and he did fine ….legit big league caliber SSs can usually make the move to 3B without much problem…..Nunez had issues because he’s not very good to begin with and his footwork issues worsen when he has to play everywhere…..Drew is a good fielder

  29. luis November 20th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Excellent post Tucker on previous thread.

    stephie Drewie? So much for going in house. At least it rhymes

  30. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Maybe he just wants to go to Japan

  31. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Maybe he just wants to go to Japan

    Time to put a waiver claim on him and teach him that MLB has more control over his life than he does. He won’t be a free agent until 2018, a team in japan probably wants to pay him more than the minimum.

  32. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Nakajima or Drew would be a good chavez/nunez replacement.

  33. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    A LaHairston platoon?

  34. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    But lahair Woukd probably mean no more Rauldemort

  35. The Return of Stoneburner November 20th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I like the idea of Drew as a backup utility type.

    2013 offense

    Catcher: Martin, Stewart

    Infield: Teixeira, Cano, Jeter, ARod, Chavez, Drew, Nunez

    Outfield: Gardner, Granderson, Ibanez, Hairston,

    Vs. RHP

    Jeter SS, Gardner LF, Cano 2B, Teixeira 1B, Granderson CF, Chavez 3B, Ibanez RF, Drew DH, Martin C (on the bench Hairston, ARod, Stewart, Nunez)

    Vs. LHP

    Jeter SS, Hairston RF, Cano 2B, ARod 3B, Teixeira 1B, Martin C, Granderson CF, Nunez DH, Gardner LF (on the bench Ibanez, Drew, Chavez, Stewart)

  36. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Nah, if LaHair were in RF they would still need a dh vs rhp sometimes.

    And just noticed he is career .994 fld% at 1B, could be the backup there too.

  37. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    If they got Drew or Nakajima then they could trade Nunez for Upton!

  38. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Lahair can play RF but he’s more of a 1B to my knowledge

  39. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    There you go, Kuroda! The race is on :) personally I’m hoping the Jays sign Marcum and whoever else will come here ’cause,…….you can never have enough!

  40. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    If they got Drew or Nakajima then they could trade Nunez for Upton!

    —-

    I kind of doubt that is what is holding up a Nunez for Upton deal. :)

  41. Against All Odds November 20th, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “The pen will be ok”

    I agree….but if love it if they could get Soria on a one year deal

    ———————

    I agree completely he would be great for the pen.

  42. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I take it, Soriano and Rivera both combine.

  43. LGY November 20th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Drew has been awful the past two years. What am I missing here?

  44. blake November 20th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    November 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm
    Drew has been awful the past two years. What am I missing here?

    He’s a pretty good defensive player and can hit enough when healthy to be a good utility guy

  45. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    If Adam lind can return to Silver Slugger status, Christmas will, ” truly,” exist.

  46. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Sorry, ” lind,” with a big L – stupid blackberry.

  47. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Drew has been awful the past two years. What am I missing here?

    Chavez was awful before he came back. Drew just needs to stay healthy. Lefty, can possibly play all over the infield.

  48. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Keep it up Yankee fans! Make AA do more for my team; we don’t want one of them wishy washy leagues.

  49. The Return of Stoneburner November 20th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Yankeesource ?@YankeeSource
    Yankees in position to be serious contenders again with a front of CC and #HIROK

  50. MoRings42 November 20th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    ok Ichiro next.

  51. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Ichiro played very well for your team, no reason he can’t keep it up like Paul Molitar.

  52. blake November 20th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    The D’Backs are interested in free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Keppinger hit .325/.367/.439 in 418 plate appearances with the Rays in 2012 and has a career .864 OPS against left-handed pitching. Arizona would presumably use Keppinger at third base, though the veteran has played all over the infield in his career.
    In another post from Piecoro, he says the Diamondbacks would use Jhonny Peralta as a third baseman if they acquired him from the Tigers. Peralta primarily served as the Indians’ third baseman in 2009 and 2010, though he hasn’t played at the hot corner since and has a below-average (a -3.1 UZR/150) glove at the position.

    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/.....hpWcCAb.99

  53. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    I just read Verducci’s review of AFL prospects. His MLB comparison to Heathcott was Hamilton, and no, not in a bad way. He reports Heathcott shows a lot of power potential. He also said Montgomery might start in the bigs this year. Interesting stuff.

  54. The Return of Stoneburner November 20th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Heathcott

    favorite player growing up

    http://www.baseball-reference......ru01.shtml

    could be a more apt comparable

  55. Duh Innings II November 20th, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    So the Yanks just tacked on $1.7M to their qualifying offer to Kuroda and up to $1M in incentives I’m assuming will be based on number of starts and innings pitched, awards won, and AL Cy Young Award and MVP rankings. I figured $15M would do it – that’s a fair price and a respectable/respectful raise for Kuroda based on the 2012 he had.

    Sabathia/Kuroda/Hughes/Nova/Phelps or Sabathia/Kuroda/Hughes/Petttitte/Nova or Phelps if Pettitte returns.

    Nice!

  56. blake November 20th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    @BloggingBombers: Brian Cashman on bringing Kuroda back to the Yankees: http://t.co/SUp581uw

  57. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Yeah, pretty nice rotation.

    Pettitte does it all day long and he probably wants more! A hall of fame guy to me and who cares about 300! :)

    Insanity still says, Munson doesn’t get in.

  58. blake November 20th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Heathcott does have some Hamilton qualities…..I guess a Hamilton lite….but I don’t think he has that sort of power or swing right now….I do like his energy and overall game though….he’s a keeper and they need to be aggressive challenging him as long as he stays healthy…..

  59. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    I just read some financial information on the Yankees. They get $85 M per year from Yes starting next year and increasing 5% annually. This does not include profit for Yes. Profit is what could be impacted by ratings. This added to their $25 M extra from MLB TV.

    I also read the average ticket costs $64. Some one guessed $50 earlier.

    Make of it what you will. It looks like a pretty good business.

    On another note, Drew might be wanting to rebuild value so one year might work well for him.

  60. blake November 20th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    +
    Mark Feinsand
    3 minutes ago
    What has Cashman thought of the Blue Jays’ recent moves – and how do they impact the Yankees?

    “Toronto has done a lot. They’ve been very aggressive. I’ve been associated with the Yankees since ’86, so I know the sleeping giant that exists up there; it’s a great baseball town. They’ve had a huge amount of success in the past and they’re fighting from the development standpoint, from the trade standpoint, from the free-agent standpoint to get back to that.

    “They’ve been on the map as far as we’re concerned. I think their additions are going to be huge for them. It’s just more competition. We recognize what’s going on up there, but it doesn’t change how we go about our business. We know what we need to do.”

  61. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I haven’t seen it, but Verducci’s says Heathcott gets a lot of backswing which, of course, leads to distance. I wouldn’t complain with some of that to go with his speed and arm.

    Williams, Heathcott and Austin need to stay healthy. Would one of this group be ? If so, which?

  62. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Back spin- auto correct- I can make my own mistakes.

  63. jmills November 20th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Blake,….thanks for Pat Gillick!

    :)

  64. Pat M. November 20th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Tar must be wigging out right about now…….

  65. blake November 20th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    “Tar must be wigging out right about now…….”

    Blake is…..not all that surprising though….young team ….somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Heels….they will improve

  66. Pat M. November 20th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    blake……They looked good the other night though….I forgot about you being a Tarheel guy…..My Bruins bounced back after laying an egg last night vs. The Hoyas

  67. blake November 20th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Yea….it’s early….can expect some inconsistent play

  68. blake November 20th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: Figgins designated for assignment, mariners announce


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