Yankees Sign Hiroki Kuroda

The Yankees have signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract, the team announced.  Jack Curry of the YES Network first reported the agreement (Twitter link).  The deal will pay Kuroda $10MM, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.  Kuroda is represented by the Octagon agency.

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Kuroda was originally looking for a one-year deal worth $13-$14MM for next season, but recently dropped his asking price and was sending feelers out to the Yankees and Red Sox.  Olney reports that Kuroda's salary was an "extra expenditure" approved by ownership, so the club will not have to move a similar salary in order to fit the team's payroll.

Kuroda turns 37 in February and comes to the American League after four years of pitching for the Dodgers.  Kuroda has pitched at least 183 innings in three of his four years in the Majors and his career numbers include a 3.45 ERA, a 3.29 K/BB ratio and a 48.6% ground ball rate that should ease his transition from Dodger Stadium to Yankee Stadium.  (Kuroda's career home/away splits are also virtually identical.)

Between Kuroda and the newly-acquired Michael Pineda, a once-shaky Yankees pitching staff has been overhauled and improved in just one day.  C.C. Sabathia, Pineda, Kuroda and Ivan Nova project as the top four, with Phil Hughes, A.J. Burnett and Freddy Garcia fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation.

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327 Comments on "Yankees Sign Hiroki Kuroda"


KJ4realz
3 years 7 months ago

Damn, the Yankees just went from a suspect rotation to a damn solid one in a matter of minutes.

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

Can never have too much pitching…

…On another note, am I the only one that thinks of the song “My Sharona” whenever I hear the name Kuroda?

3 years 7 months ago

…probably.

imachainsaw
3 years 7 months ago

my kuroda!!

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

It’s going to catch on. It has a ring to it…

Lastings
3 years 7 months ago

And here’s the artwork for the soon-to-be single…

TommyL
3 years 7 months ago

uh, no. Dodger fans caught on years ago.

TommyL
3 years 7 months ago

uh, no. Dodger fans caught on years ago.

Yanks48
3 years 7 months ago

Jesus Christ. Is Prince Fielder next?

Roy Munson
3 years 7 months ago

No… Burnett will be dealt… and my guess is that Nova and or Hughes will be packaged up for a Bat.. Maybe a 3rd baseman so that AROD can be FT DH

3 years 7 months ago

Nova isn’t going anywhere at all. And as much as I love Hughes, and I think he will be great this year, he has no trade value right now. Their bats are fine. Prince and Pena are on the market. Why trade prospects when you can sign a productive Pena to a 1/12 or 2/23?

morgannyy
3 years 7 months ago

Maybe a Johnny Damon …

BaseballFanatic0707
3 years 7 months ago

Why do that when the Yanks should just DH A-Rod almost permanently, and either try to acquire a decent 3B, or give Brandon Laird a shot to see if he can produce similar to how he did in the minors.

tapehead4
3 years 7 months ago

No – Jesus Christ is.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 7 months ago

DO YOU NOT READ THE TICKER ON MLBN!? Jesus Christ is out with a torn acl. Could be career ending, unless SOME HOW he is resurrected. Pfft, like that could ever happen.

Yankees420
3 years 7 months ago

That was awesome! 

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

But can he DH? 

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

Lol win

nats2012
3 years 7 months ago

They dont need a DH they can just rotate players.

3 years 7 months ago

I believe the correct term to use here would be, *woosh*

Tko11
Tko11
3 years 7 months ago

Dolph Ziggler

MattD93
3 years 7 months ago

Oh my god, is that you Dolph Ziggler?!? Better get off MLB Trade Rumors and get ready for CM Punk xP 

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

amazingly witty sir. hats off.

windycitywarrior
3 years 7 months ago

I have it on good authority that he cannot help Pedro Serrano hit a curveball. (Major League is the gift that keeps on giving.)

inleylandwetrust
3 years 7 months ago

Sabathia, Pineda, Kuroda, Nova, Burnett…good rotation. Yanks are back :/

MB923
3 years 7 months ago

I’d rather see Garcia than Burnett but that appears it won’t happen.

3 years 7 months ago

the 5th spot is going to be battled out in spring training. hughes, burnett and garcia better be on their A game during march. 

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

burnett is starting, and that’s that. hughes actually thrived in the pen, if i’m not mistaken, and both of those guys are paid significantly less.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 7 months ago

Not 100%, but I remember Cash saying something along the lines of “‘IF’ he’s with us, he’s in the rotation.”

3 years 7 months ago

hmm yeah he did say that. damn! :[

BaseballFanatic0707
3 years 7 months ago

I am beyond happy that Hughes could re-discover the dominance he enjoyed in the ‘pen, and potentially become the next closer/setup man if Mo decides this year is it.

asdf asdf
3 years 7 months ago

and robertson and joba???

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

Add Garcia and Hughes too, which makes me think there’s more coming.

Sajju Shah
3 years 7 months ago

after trading for Pineda, and now Kuroda..wow..

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 7 months ago

Yankees have had a quiet off season…..oh wait!

omavricko
3 years 7 months ago

WOW. I went to the dog park and the Yankees just won the AL 2012 Wildcard….damn…..

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

Wildcard? barring significant injuries, i see the east for them

shockey12
3 years 7 months ago

Wildcard AND the Division

wickedkevin
3 years 7 months ago

Which did they win and which did they buy?

$3513744
3 years 7 months ago

End result is still the same.

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 7 months ago

So, how exactly is trading one of your franchise’s brightest prospects in the last decade, and signing an old samurai ‘buying’ anything. Unless Kiroda plans on throwing rice balls at A-Gon’s face before the AB, he isn’t going to be a 20 game winner.

Wes Whitenack
3 years 7 months ago

Might as well go all out and give them the world series title right now.

PWNdroia
3 years 7 months ago

You mean, like the World Series they gave the Red Sox last year before the season started?

3 years 7 months ago

wow

3 years 7 months ago

So much for the Bombers having a quiet offseason…

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Sooo…  Who’s coming in second place?

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

giving up so soon? you guys have Bard moving into the rotation, right? :)

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

No, actually I’m one of the few truly optimistic Red Sox fans.  I wont count them out until they are mathematically eliminated.

MaineSox
3 years 7 months ago

Also, I’d still put the Red Sox rotation 1-3 up against the Yankees rotation 1-3.  As much potential as Pineda has, and as consistent as Kuroda has been, I’d still say that Lester, Beckett, Buchholz compares favorably to CC, Kuroda, Pineda.

Yankees420
3 years 7 months ago

With the proven record of Boston’s top 3 in the AL East, I’d say they edge out the Yankees top 3, but both teams have some potential in the 4-5 spots this year (Bard, Hughes, etc.) so I’m excited to see how the youngsters do.  (Including Pineda and Nova)

JacksTigers
3 years 7 months ago

An hour and a half ago this rotation sucked…

sf55forlife
3 years 7 months ago

this is why jesus hates the yankees.

but seriously this sucks. hopefully he fails the physical.

hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 7 months ago

I’m pretty sure Jesus hates the Yankees because they just traded him to Seattle, not because they signed Hiroki Kuroda.

Jason Richards
3 years 7 months ago

So, You’re hoping bad health on someone who could be receiving a good pay check because you hate the yanks? Very classy my friend.

Payaso
3 years 7 months ago

Damn my dodgers!!!

InvalidUserID
3 years 7 months ago

CC, Pineda, Kuroda, Nova and Garcia…Hughes to the ‘pen. Bye AJ, thanks for ’09.

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Chances are garcia will go to the pen. 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Nope. That’s not in the cards as he doesn’t prepare and warm up the same way. AJ or Hughes will be traded momentarily. My money. Burnett and $16mm to an NL team. 

elscorcho the marlin
3 years 7 months ago

it’s sad a guy with such good stuff, like aj, just couldn’t put it together.  

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 7 months ago

He should go back to the Marlins.

Running Scared
3 years 7 months ago

I think Im gonna hurl. R U kidding? Fn Yankees

sharenski
3 years 7 months ago

They still have to play the games people (See: 2011 Boston Red Sox)

3 years 7 months ago

the sox woulda been pretty good this past season if it werent for the beer,chicken and video games

Vmmercan
3 years 7 months ago

See: 2009 Yankees.

3 years 7 months ago

Jesus. The Yankees just went shock and awe on the sports world today.

Sniderlover
3 years 7 months ago

Hard not to love the Yankees moves right now. Would it be crazy to say they may be early favorites for world series?

pennypincher
3 years 7 months ago

WHAT THE HELL! Can it BE any stranger? Either this is the most horrible Friday the 13th or the most ingenious scheme developing…

jwsox
3 years 7 months ago

Wonder if they have little faith in Hughes bouncing back/ nova putting up the same numbers or if they are going to send Burnett packing. Rhys a solidly stacked rotation.

3 years 7 months ago

hughes and nova will slot into #4 and #5 in the rotation, they were being discussed as #2 hahah the yanks look so good now!

jjs91
3 years 7 months ago

Hopefully they’ll let in play after seeing the shape hughes showed up in last spring i wouldnt blame them for giving up on him, but he may be able to beat garcia and burneet for spots. He also has an option so can go to AAA and work on the slider and change.

YanksFanSince78
3 years 7 months ago

I think it’s risky to expect Nova not to have some issues in 2012 and I think you have to have faith that Hughes was just suffering from a tired arm last year. Kuroda is definitely a good move for a 1 year deal.