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Kuroda back; Yankees acquire righty reliever; more items

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

Buster Olney from ESPN is reporting that the Yankees have agreed on a one-year deal with Hiroki Kuroda, which would be a very positive development even though he turns 38 in February.

Kuroda went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA over 33 starts last season.

Mickey Storey is now Yankees property. Who? He’s a 26-year-old righty reliever who made his big-league debut in August and went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 26 games for the Astros. The Yankees claimed him on waivers today. Storey was also 7-4 with two saves and a 3.05 ERA in 38 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, two of them starts. He was a 31st-round pick of the A’s in 2008.

The Yankees also moved six guys up to the 40-man, including lefties Manny Banuelos, Francisco Rondon and Nik Turley, righties Brett Marshall and Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores.

Banuelos, of course, underwent Tommy John surgery on Oct. 4 after missing most of the season. Marshall went 13-7 with a 3.52 ERA in 27 starts for Trenton. Ramirez went 7-6 with a 3.19 ERA in 21 games, 18 of them starts, for Tampa. Rondon went 5-0 with one save and a 3.93 ERA in 44 relief outings combined for Tampa, Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Turley, a 2008 50th-round pick, went 9-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 23 games, 21 of them starts, for Tampa. And Flores hit .302 for Tampa.

The Yankees also said righty David Herndon chose free agency over being outrighted.

 

 

 

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60 Responses to “Kuroda back; Yankees acquire righty reliever; more items”

  1. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Brian, good job stepping in.

  2. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    @Buster_ESPN: Sources: The Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Hiroki Kuroda.

  3. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Mickey Storey looks like a good dumpster dive.

    Not sure about Herndon, but it’s 750k only if he pitches in the majors.

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    Yankees Agree To Terms With Hiroki Kuroda
    By Mark Polishuk [November 20 at 5:26pm CST]
    The Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Hiroki Kuroda, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter).
    Read more at http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/#JsxDxlvJmyHFiapt.99

  4. Against All Odds November 20th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    *wipes forehead*

  5. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    1 year 15 million.

  6. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Well done Yankees and Kuroda on coming to terms.

    Now I have to wonder about the wisdom of some of the opinions I read on these pages, however. :neutral:

  7. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    1/15 + <1 mil in incentives.

    Sounds fair to me.

  8. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Great deal, 1 less thing to worry about this offseason.

  9. LGY November 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    KURODA

  10. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Now at least, if Andy comes back, they don’t have to make a stupid trade for a pitcher.

  11. yankeefeminista November 20th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    We are thankful for an early Thanksgiving present: Kuroda-san! Domo arigato gozaimasu! Andy next.

  12. Bo knows November 20th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    LGY November 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm
    KURODA

    ———————
    In spades

    Maybe the BWS (biotch, whine and snivel) brigade will ease off a bit

  13. Jerkface November 20th, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Kuroda is why more and more japanese players will try to test the waters. If you’re good you make 3x as much as the best NPB player ever will in 1 season.

  14. tucker November 20th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Good first step. Now, more dumpster diving (though not Dempster diving).

  15. Benny Blanco November 20th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Another reason why we can’t get caught up into what’s being reported. All the reports stated that Hiroki wanted to return to California. I’m not believing what’s being reported any l

  16. Benny Blanco November 20th, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Another reason why we can’t get caught up into what’s being reported. All the reports stated that Hiroki wanted to return to California. I’m not following any more reports whose sources are friends of the player.

    Glad we got him resigned though

  17. Benny Blanco November 20th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Sorry for the double post

  18. Bo knows November 20th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Kuroda – a man of honor. Rare these days

    As said – CC, Kuroda, Pettite – a pretty strong rotation base.

  19. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I think I said 1/15 about 2 hours ago :)

  20. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    JF,

    Can the Japanese guy play 3B?

  21. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Signing Kuroda was almost a must if they were going to compete next year……

    Unfortunately if they bring back the same team a year older and minus Swisher then not sure that’ll be good enough…..

  22. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Now Cashman can put his full attention on neglecting the offense

  23. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    So why did Kuroda return to the Yankees?

  24. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    They should offer Hamilton a 30 million dollar one year deal

  25. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    November 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm
    So why did Kuroda return to the Yankees?

    He liked it and because they have lots of guys who he can go to early bird dinners with !

  26. Shame Spencer November 20th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    So why did Kuroda return to the Yankees?

    ——————

    A no trade clause :lol:

  27. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Uh huh.

    It’s okay for people to admit that they were wrong about something. It’s good for the soul.

  28. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    If Andy comes back then I do like their rotation though…..1-5 it could be pretty solid and Pineda is a potential big X factor for the 2nd half.

    Cashman just needs to swing a deal for that missing bat or two and sure up the pen

  29. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    “It’s okay for people to admit that they were wrong about something. It’s good for the soul.”

    Who was wrong?

  30. Earwig November 20th, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I find most people who lecture others about admitting when they are wrong rarely if ever admit when they themselves are wrong

  31. RadioKev November 20th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    All is saved!

  32. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Who was wrong? Good question.

    Everyone who lied opined that Cashman was dawdling and letting Kuroda slip away, that Kuroda wanted to go back to the Dodgers, that Kuroda wanted a two-year deal, that Kuroda was waiting to see the team make other improvements before signing, or just that, for reasons unspecified, Kuroda wasn’t going to be back. Those are the people who were wrong.

    If you — and that’s a general you, not a specific you — expressed pessimism/slepticism about Kuroda returning, well, that was a feeling, so I don’t know if one should say that a feeling was wrong, per se, but those feelings did turn out to be unfounded.

    So happy thoughts all around; Kuroda is back in the fold and anyone who thought he wouldn’t be was wrong.

  33. Against All Odds November 20th, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    The pen will be ok

  34. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This move also gives Cashman the flexibily to potentially move one of Nova, Phelps , or Hughes if a deal for a bat presents itself…..still tough to move Hughes IMO….but no way you can reallyove any of those guys if Kuroda isn’t on board

  35. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    “Everyone who lied opined that Cashman was dawdling and letting Kuroda slip away”

    Oh good because I always said I thought he’d be back ;)

  36. 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

  37. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    “I find most people who lecture others about admitting when they are wrong rarely if ever admit when they themselves are wrong”

    First, welcome back to these pages. I’ve missed you. Your criticism, in this case, is as unfounded as in all the other cases. So at least you’re consistent.

    Remember that one time I said I was going out for pretentious Japanese noodle soup? It turned out that the restaurant was closed early that night, so I opted for pretentious Thai noodle soup and a completely different restaurant. I could not have been more wrong about my dining intentions that evening, but it does feel good to get that off my chest now.

    Have a great Thanksgiving.

  38. RadioKev November 20th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Another totally stealth signing by Cashman. And it was a resign!

    This is why you can’t read too much into the silence. Especially this early into the offseason.

  39. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    All may not be saved, but Kuroda was critical. Whew.

  40. jacksquat November 20th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Hopefully now dominoes will begin to fall.

  41. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I don’t remember anyone saying Cashman dawdled with Kuroda. Many said pay what it takes. I presume he did. Dawdling on other things, put me down for that.

  42. mick November 20th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    right and wrong is a major issue for gamblers.

  43. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    This was a huge deal because the Yanks really didn’t have a good plan B to Kuroda…. They won’t spend for Greinke and everyone else out there is either not as good as Kuroda or not available…..this this was basically a must sign for them and will keep Cadhman from going and making a bad trade for a pitcher…..

    But again ….I think the offense needs work….they can’t bring back the same lineup a year older minus Swisher and maybe Martin and expect it to be good enough…..they’d have to pitch extremely well…. Even better than last year…..

    Still hoping Cashman can pull that big trade…..they are an impact bat and a couple of smaller moves away from taking a risky team to a pretty darn good one…..we shall see what happens….

  44. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Incidentally, my favorite song from the “Guided By Voices” record “Mag Earwig” is “I Am a Tree”. Its lyrics are kind of dumb, IMO, but it’s got a catchy tune and a rocking beat:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV1fPyh53Ik

  45. Benny Blanco November 20th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Blake, the quicker we get pettite signed the better it works for the yankees. it allows them to make other moves.

  46. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    It would nice to get Pettitte and Mo finished so Cashman could go to the winter meetings knowing where things stand on the pitching staff. Kuroda may have been the most iffy. Kuroda was quite reasonable at $15 M when he had the team in big need.

  47. mick November 20th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Why not look into Cody Ross?

  48. SoS November 20th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Shame on whoever did not think Kuroda was going to sign. We have had a Japanese good luck charm on our team since the mid 90′s. That was the easiest prediction of the year.

    From Fat Toad to Koolroda. Who takes the baton next season? That stud hard throwing kid thats going to be a free agent by next winter in Japan maybe(help me out Jerk).

    Whats 2nd easiest prediction?
    Brett Pettitte signing or Mary?

  49. SoS November 20th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Add a t to Mary. Marty.

  50. SoS November 20th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    mick,
    Didnt Ross sign with Boston?

    Nick,
    Read your Golden Bears dumped their head coach. Was that the right move? Pac 12 was deep this year and didnt we play them last year in the bowl game. Granted we won but still.

  51. blake November 20th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    “Why not look into Cody Ross?”

    They could but I don’t think he’d sign up for a platoon role and that’s really all Is want him for

  52. SoS November 20th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thought on Victorino in right?

  53. tucker November 20th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Like most others, I viewed the So Cal reports with extreme skepticism. He was a critical part of the Yanks offseason, and if the Yanks were unable to sign him, it could have triggered other moves.

    That said, I don’t see much benefit in being critical of other posters for what they predicted, worried about, etc.. This blog has done pretty well in recent weeks focusing on baseball talk and not pointing out the perceived shortcomings of other posters. It would be nice to keep it at that level — on
    baseball talk.

  54. Nick in SF November 20th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Follow me if you knew it all along: :arrow:

  55. austinmac November 20th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Blake,

    I agree the team is a couple good bats from being a solid team. Swisher must be replaced and age must be considered. I don’t know what we could get. All I ask is we turn over every stone to get the bats younger and quicker.

  56. Bo knows November 20th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    What really irritates me is five paragraphs of “Doom, despair and agony” and then weasel out with “I hope I’m wrong”.

    This is one step and many things can still go wrong and a lot will, but boy it’s depressing reading page after page of kvetch, pre partum.

  57. luis November 20th, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Good evening,

    Excellent news… This is a good first step to shore up the rotation… I think Andy might return now, since with this signing our rotation is more stable. A good deal as well, I thought he was getting 16 mil.

    Blake,

    They are more than one bat away and a few minor moves away to fix the offense. Regardless, if this was the case, it would be shortsighted to trade for an impact bat. If it is Hamilton on a reasonable deal, I am all for it. But if you are going to be trading, you should be the one getting future instead of present. We need to rebuild the core.

  58. Bo knows November 20th, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    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.

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

    @JonHeymanCBS: #yankees have interest in drew, who has only played ss. but cashman says no concern about jeter. http://t.co/rLoDFb4f

  60. Duh Innings II November 20th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Mickey Storey – cool name. Good pick up.

    Assuming Mo re-signs, Storey will compete with Eppley et.al. for the final bullpen slot.

    Rivera/Robertson/Aardsma/Chamberlain/Logan/Rapada/Eppley, Storey, etc.

    Since Kuroda basically got 1.5X his 2012 salary plus whatever under a mil, I’m guessing Pettitte will re-sign for $5M or double his salary ($3.75M or 1.5X his salary is too low and crooked a number, besides that it’s $250K less than 2012 Freddy Garcia’s salary.)

    Pettitte for $5-6M. I can’t see $7.5M (triple his 2012 salary.)

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