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.

Kuroda

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 Responses to Yankees Sign Hiroki Kuroda Leave a Reply

  1. KJ4realz 4 years ago

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

  2. Yanks48 4 years ago

    Jesus Christ. Is Prince Fielder next?

    • Roy Munson 4 years 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

      • 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 4 years ago

          Maybe a Johnny Damon …

        • BaseballFanatic0707 4 years 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 4 years ago

      No – Jesus Christ is.

      • JacobyWanKenobi 4 years 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.

  3. jjs91 4 years ago

    But can he DH? 

  4. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

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

    • MB923 4 years ago

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

      • 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 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

        • BaseballFanatic0707 4 years 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.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

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

  5. Sajju Shah 4 years ago

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

  6. GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

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

  7. Stuart 4 years ago

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

    • Snoochies8 4 years ago

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

    • shockey12 4 years ago

      Wildcard AND the Division

      • wickedkevin 4 years ago

        Which did they win and which did they buy?

        • $3513744 4 years ago

          End result is still the same.

        • JacobyWanKenobi 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

      • PWNdroia 4 years ago

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

  8. So much for the Bombers having a quiet offseason…

  9. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Sooo…  Who’s coming in second place?

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

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

      • MaineSox 4 years 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 4 years 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 4 years 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)

  10. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    An hour and a half ago this rotation sucked…

  11. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    this is why jesus hates the yankees.

    but seriously this sucks. hopefully he fails the physical.

    • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

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

    • Jason Richards 4 years 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.

  12. Payaso 4 years ago

    Damn my dodgers!!!

  13. InvalidUserID 4 years ago

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

    • jjs91 4 years ago

      Chances are garcia will go to the pen. 

      • Guest 4 years 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. 

  14. Running Scared 4 years ago

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

  15. sharenski 4 years ago

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

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

  17. Sniderlover 4 years ago

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

  18. pennypincher 4 years ago

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

  19. jwsox 4 years 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.

    • 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 4 years 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 4 years 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.

  20. missyae 4 years ago

    They get the young stud from Seattle and Kuroda and Boston did what? Oh yeahhhhhh Aaron Cook!!!

  21. CAD_Monkey 4 years ago

    ;_;

    At least he’ll pitch in the AL East, where we’ll never see him.  Good luck Hiroki!

  22. sox should have gotten him, 1 yr is a no brainer for this guy

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Sox probably will get Oswalt

      • slider32 4 years ago

        Oswalt might go to the Cards or Rangers.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          Cards possibly, but the only way I see the Rangers going after him is if the Darvish deal doesn’t get done.

  23. Fielder signs a 1 year deal 15 million dollar contract to be a DH with the yankees in 5….4…..3…

    • more like a 1-year 25M remmbr he’s a boras client. but that would be ideal but it may not happen,, still, id love to count.

      • saying it may not happen after what has unfolded in the last hour an a half, i wouldnt doubt it now. rangers wont go for him especialy if they sign darvish, only other teams are the cubs,orioles, and nationals. 1 year deal will give fielder a chance at a world series, plus playing in yankee stadium could boost his contract demands next off season.

        • but yeah i doubt itll happen too lol

          • hahaha yea ure right anything can happen. but i see the yankees trading one or some of their excess pitchers in hughes, burnett and garcia for a dh or a 3rd baseman that can platoon with arod.

          • maybe even nova now that he has been so overhyped.

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            How was Nova overhyped? He wasn’t on the prospect radar at all but had a solid season where he improved as the season went on. He may not be the solid #2 some are calling him but to say he’s overhyped is silly.

          • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

            he was never hyped in the first place. but overrated you could say by the end of the year because of his win total

          • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

            Overhyped if you were one of the Yankee morons who thought he was a legit #2. Otherwise, a 24 year old rookie with a 4 FIP in the AL East is prettu good. Also, he seemed to mature as the season went on, lowering his walks, increasing his ko’s and going deeper into games.

            Anyone who said “Ooohh, oooh shiny wins” is an idiot though.

  24. Yankees rotation is looking mighty good all of a sudden.. 

  25. They’ll still be bounced in the first round of the playoffs. Unless of course they play the Twins in the first round, then they’ll be bounced in the 2nd round.

    • highly doubt they will be knocked out in the first round now. much better rotation then last year, and one bat away from making htem selves favorites.

      • Rangersfan32 4 years ago

        Favorites? Dunno about that. Texas, LAA and Boston are just as good currently (Boston more so if they can land Oswalt) and Texas and LAA can still get better. I wouldn’t call the Yankees favorites.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      2009 says hello.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      I really miss the days Twins were a playoff team

    • They won’t play the Twins in the first round. 

  26. The Yankees sign ONE new player this offseason and it’s all “Yankees always buying players.”

    • MaineSox 4 years ago

       Really?  I haven’t seen any of that.

      • “They can’t hear you with all of that money blocking their ears”

        “Cash. Money.”

        • i think the cash money thing was in reference to that cashman guy

        • MaineSox 4 years ago

           That’s different, they did sign Kuroda for cash money, and they do have tons of money (that’s not the same as always buying players though).  Plus, that’s only two comments out of like 100.

  27. wow pineda and kuroda
    looking like a good rotation now!

  28. Stark2k 4 years ago

    Excellent hour for Yankees fans, these are very very good deals.  Lose a DH and give out a minor contract to vastly improve their weakness…  didn’t even have to Yankees moneyhat anyone.

    Oh well.

  29. sdsny 4 years ago

    Our rotation, in a matter of an hour, just went from questionable to…outstanding.  Wow.

  30. mrmoss 4 years ago

    Yanks mut have a taker for AJ Burnett. or they will release him

  31. the yankees rotation went from “UGH” to “pretty damn good” in about 30 minutes

  32. nats2012 4 years ago

    Incredible.

  33. Yankeeboy11 4 years ago

    Now trade AJ and sign Oswalt =D

  34. OMGGGG!!!!! Whatt the hell just happened? the Yanks rotation went from being ‘really’? to sabathia, kuroda, pineda, nova, hughes. whatt!!!!!! hahahhahah im so exciteddd!! which yankee fan isntt?? oooohhhhhh here we comeeeeee!! lets go yanksss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. I don’t like the yanks but must say they made 2 great pick ups in one day.  Both pitchers give them a better starting staff then the redsox 1-5.  Tampa still has a better rotation but now the yanks can turn their attention to building a better bench.

  36. Guest 4 years ago

    Friday the 13th for you…

  37. NYYANKEES 4 years ago

    Burnett not going anywhere. Hughes will probably go now or moved in the bullpen.

  38. wrestlingcritic 4 years ago

    2 pitchers with an average ERA of sub 3.5 in one night…not bad

  39. BitLocker 4 years ago

    Ugh, I’m going to hate it every time Kuroda gives up a home run. Gave up like 36 when playing in Dodger stadium. 60 home runs at Yankee stadium

    • Too Many Idiots 4 years ago

      Only gave up 13 last year.  Stop making up facts.

      • BitLocker 4 years ago

        Hyperbole but 24 is still a lot total for NL and playing  in a division where it’s the Padres, Giants, Dodger Stadium, and D-Backs which are big ball parks. Just imagine the small ballparks in Yankee Stadium, Fenway, Roger Centre and in the AL where there’s no free out.

  40. Cory J. Settoon 4 years ago

    The Yankees are getting the same attitude that sunk the Red Sox.

  41. Boy if the Orioles season wasn’t over after the Pineda trade, it’s certainly over now!  Between Jack Z’s gross incompetence and Duquette’s (to be honest I don’t even know what to say). The Yankees within an hour’s time became the instant favorite to win the division.

    Peter Angelos sell the team! Please, just let the team go! I have had enough of this! Do you hear me? Enough!

    • MichiganMan2424 4 years ago

      I thought the Orioles season was over before the Pineda trade.

  42. Sometimes it pays off to procrastinate. 

  43. Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

    Pineda and Kuroda are gonna give up alot of home runs in Yankee stadium. Rays still have a WAY better rotation. Not to mention those two pitchers are gonna have to face AL east teams on a regular basis. Good luck, plan your world series parade now so it blows up in your face like it did the Red Sox last year lol.

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      No one is celebrating anything and no one has a guarantee to win a championship but you always try to improve your team and the Yankees just did that.

      • Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

        Read the other posts…

        • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

          Whoever is celebrating now has clearly not been watching baseball over the last couple of years. How many times has the “favorite” going into the season actually won it all? The yanks in ’09 and that’s about it.

          • $3513744 4 years ago

            I suppose if it’s such an odd thing to be happy about it.  You guys know that you don’t have to win the WS be happy about something, right? I think you nailed it just right that they’re trying to improve the team, and that is something the fans should be happy about…at least for now :)

    • jjs91 4 years ago

      the rays have a better rotation the yankees have a better offense and pen so we’ll see 

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      Rays have a better rotation, no doubt. But it isn’t that apart as it was yesterday. Let us Yankee fans rejoice, last offseason and this one had been disappointing. And the best part, it wasn’t even deep pockets that did it – it was Cashman’s shrewdness, which will probably get looked over once again though… 

      • fxx3605 4 years ago

        wait till next year sir i see a big signing happening

        • Yankees420 4 years ago

          The Yanks are trying to get under the luxury tax by 2014, and I believe that number is 189MM, so they need to cut roughly 20-25MM in 2 seasons.  If Pineda works out and continues to develop, and Nova remains a borderline 3/4, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cashman passing on whichever big name SP make it to FA out of Cain, Hamels, Greinke, Sanchez. 

  44. slider32 4 years ago

    Holy Cow, this is the best day in recent Yankee history. CC, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova, and Burnett. Hughes pushing Burnett for the 5 spot The Yanks just upgraded the 3rd best pitching in the AL last year, and with Joba coming back the pen looks invinsible.

    • MichiganMan2424 4 years ago

      Joba, and Soriano will be back for the entire year. If only Feliciano wasn’t hurt.

      • sdsny 4 years ago

        If Logan comes back and repeats his great season, we’re not gonna need Feliciano.  Feliciano if he makes it back this season would be a luxury in our outstanding bullpen. 

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          Would be nice to have a 2nd lefty.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Oki if he makes the team.

          • slider32 4 years ago

            Lefty releif can be overrated, Soriano, Robertson, and Mo can get lefty’s out.

          • slider32 4 years ago

            Lefty releif can be overrated, Soriano, Robertson, and Mo can get lefty’s out.

        • MattD93 4 years ago

          Feliciano isn’t coming back anytime soon. I remember reading a article saying he’s done this year too. Waste of 8 million. 

      • Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

        Soriano should do the Yankees a favor an opt out of his contract because he royally sucks. When he was healthy he had an era over 5 if I’m not mistaken

        • You are a complete m0ron. Soriano sucks? He was hurt last year. Your evidence is he had an ERA over 5 one year? By your logic, Beckett sucks, Halladay sucks, Lee sucks, etc.

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      Their are still questions the Yankees need to have answered such as:
      -Will Kuroda be as effective in this division?
      -Will Pineda return to first half form?
      -Can Nova repeat?
      -How does Phil Hughes rebound?

      Overall, the Yankees had an elite team and just got better but these are questions that must be answered if they will reclaim the title.

      • slider32 4 years ago

        On paper teams don’t win, as we saw last year with the Sox and Phillies, but the Yanks are a much improved team on paper today.

  45. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Anyone need pitching?

    – B. Cashman

    • Guest 4 years ago

      CC
      Pineda
      Kuroda
      Nova
      Garcia
      Hughes
      Burnett
      Warren
      Phelps
      Mitchell
      Banuelos
      Betances
      Campos
      Miller

      Throw in Joba for good measure, as he’ll be back in action May/June.

      Yeah, they have a little to spare right now.

      • jjs91 4 years ago

        Miller?

        • Guest 4 years ago

          Adam Miller. Prospect from Indians. Not sure he’s still around. 

        • sf55forlife 4 years ago

          a bust prospect with tons of injury problems.

          • Guest 4 years ago

            Currently not injured, but yeah, probably worth crossing him off. Reports are he does have potential. It was just a rarely mentioned throw on name to my list. 

          • jjs91 4 years ago

             I thought it was one major injury his finger still looks messed up

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        I like the inclusion of Campos. Noesi is going to be good/decent but I don’t think he had a serious chance to make it with Garcia and AJ signed and it’s too early to give up on Hughes. I remember Cashman saying he was unwilling to send Noesi back to the pen in 2012 and saying he’s a starter and deserved to pitch somewhere. That made me think he was going to be traded this winter in a package. Basically, we traded a young mlb ready pitcher for a younger pitcher who we can afford to sit on. Campos was rated as a B prospect by Sickels so I guess he would be a #4-#7 prospect for the Yanks behind Bans, bets, Sanchez and possibly M.Williams? 

        • Guest 4 years ago

          Yep. Yankees have some fast rising talent I’m looking at. Dante B already moved up those charts. You’ve got Mujica, Culver, Almonte and Heathcott, all with varying degrees of lower level talent. Mason Williams skyrocketed up the Yankee top 10 list. He has the potential to take Montero’s spot on that list this season. Let’s not forget Romine too.

        • Guest 4 years ago

          Also, acquiring Campos completely washes away the after taste of losing Vizcaino in the deal for Vasquez. 

          • Yankees420 4 years ago

            You’re completely right! This is the first time I’ve been able to think about that trade and not cringe. 

        • jjs91 4 years ago

          Callis just said he’d rank him number 5 between williams and bbichette

  46. Kyle O 4 years ago

    Less than an hour and now they have a frontline rotation…. unbelievable

    • I love when the stove goes from cold to hot in an hour and I am not even a yankees fan

      • slider32 4 years ago

        All this while Cashman was repelling from a building in India.

  47. Kolukonu 4 years ago

    I love all of the people that are bashing the Yankees right now, cursing how much money they’ve spent. When in actuality, they have spent on Freddy Garcia, and now, JUST NOW, Hiroki Kuroda.

    TWO PLAYERS. Oh nooooooo, Yankees are buying another championship by spending $14 million in one off-season!

    On a serious note, great day for the Yankees.

    • GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

      They also Re did CC’s contract

      • Yankees420 4 years ago

        Just an extension of 2 years at 25MM per (1 of them being a vesting option).

    • sf55forlife 4 years ago

      i didn’t realize the Yankees only had two players on their team this year. They still have the highest payroll in baseball, its still an unfair advantage anyway you look at it. 

      • fxx3605 4 years ago

        just cause your team cant find a decent hitter aside from posey and belt doesnt mean you have to try to insult us and our moneybanks team

      • 11th highest payroll in 2011 and a championship 15 months ago. are you really jealous of the yanks? c’mon giants can spend what they would like if they would like to, but they don’t haha. ya a’int the rays or stros dude. gimmie a break

  48. chris_synan1 4 years ago

    Are you kidding me? Red Sox better do something like sign Oswalt

  49. This other prospect looks to be good too…great numbers and possibly will slot in the Yanks top 15 or better…I’m a happy man…GO YANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. I wonder where EJax signs now. I see the Orioles as the most likely possibility.

  51. chris_synan1 4 years ago

    That’s a descent roation..its not great still can improve

  52. jjs91 4 years ago

    Hughes is better off in AAA than in the pen same goes joba let them start with the way the pen is they’d be wasted, garcia or burnett is the long man, and soriano robertson and wade is enough middle relief. 

  53. seeking28 4 years ago

    As a Yankees fan i realize the October isn’t won or lost in January but the rotation did just get better.  Hate to lose Montero though.

  54. wow… and there goes the quiet offseason for the yanks. they addressed their needs very nicely with these two deals. 

    paid a steep price for pineda, but likely a fair deal for both teams, and kuroda gives them nice depth if he can somewhat replicate his past success in the AL East.

    • The price for Pineda doesn’t seem that steep. As for Montero, I think that the Yankees liked what they saw out of Russell Martin to hold on to him for this year (he is a free agent after next season).

      • pineda, while talented, is not necessarily a sure thing to be an ace or such. extreme flyball pitcher in yankee stadium does not generally breed for long term success, though he does do a number of other things well and should be ok.

        montero is also not a sure thing, but his prospect ratings could hardly have been better and he was definitely not liked for his glove, which should leave you to believe that that bat could be mvp calibre when all is said and done

        like i said, a steep price, but a fair one.

      • Russell Martin was only half of the equation, if that. The Yankees still have a promising prospect in Romine and a catcher who has more or less proven himself at the big league level in Cervelli. 

        This was a brilliant move by Cashman. Yanks definitely got better value.

        • slider32 4 years ago

          The best young catcher is Sanchez, he is an good all around catcher and 2 years away. I would bring up Romine mid year, he is solid.

  55. I sure hope Kuroda fails his physical dude is trash. Would much rather 1 year of Jackson, or Oswalt

  56. breaking news: a huge tsunami is heading toward spain following the entire population of boston jumping into the harbor

  57. Wow, yankees are silent NO MORE! It’s gonna be great watching this team STILL FAIL!

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Says the Twins fan. How about a playoff victory (and I don’t mean a series, I mean a game) for you guys before you call another team a failure? 

    • slider32 4 years ago

      Today’s playoffs in sport make the outcome random. Too many rounds create many upsets, the best team doesn’t always win. No one picked the Cards and Giants the last 2 years. There is alot of parity.

  58. Not sure how Kuroda will translate to the AL East, and sorry to see Montero go, but Pineda looks like a stud in the making. I would bet Hughes and/or Burnett are next to go, and Damon or Matsui might rejoin the Yanks to get DH at bats.

  59. MetsMagic 4 years ago

    So much for the Red Sox’s chances this year, huh? I still think the division title will be a dogfight between the Yanks and Rays, but if they implement the 2nd WC I see the Rays, Yankees, Angels, Rangers, and Tigers all making the playoffs. 

  60. dc21892 4 years ago

    Wow, the Yankees really suprised me. First Pineada and now Kuroda…

    Sadded Sox fan.

  61. This could be interesting next season for the Yankees…the acquisitions of Kuroda and Pineda appear to tell me that A.J. Burnett has run out of chances and time. The question is: Who will take a chance on him, and how much salary will the Yankees have to eat?

    • slider32 4 years ago

      Many teams will take a chance on AJ, he still has great stuff and would do well in the NL. Teams like the Marlins, Nats, Dodgers, or D-Backs might take him. The Yanks would eat most of his salary and little in return.

  62. tdot32 4 years ago

    wow. i can’t even complain that they’re just throwing around money, yankees did such a good job these past few hours.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      hahaha…”throwing around money”? Aside from resigning/extending their own, I would be shocked if they spent (on average yearly salary), more than $20 mil over the last 3 seasons in new additions (i.e, Soriano’s contract/ 3 years instead of the whole $39 mil).

      • tdot32 4 years ago

        most of their free agent acquisitions involved either over paying, or paying the apex of the players market value. soriano is great example of this; they paid north of 10 million last season for a set up man. even if he had performed to his expectations, it would still be a lot of money a reliever, since most closers are over paid to begin with. that’s what i mean by throwing money around, and the last few major free agent signings, plus the extensions which are disputable.

  63. $20404099 4 years ago

    2 excellent acquisition moves. Funny how the good organizations lay low and let others panic. That’s why there are truly only a few upper echelon teams. Now it’ll be interesting to see whether the Sawx make any knee-jerk reactions and spend recklessly.

    • slider32 4 years ago

      I agree, the price just went up for Oswalt and Jackson.

  64. Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

    The interesting thing this year will be watching the Blue Jays and Red Sox fighting for 3rd place lol.

    • tdot32 4 years ago

      rays squeak into the playoffs, all of a sudden the red sox have no chance of beating them in the standings?

      • slider32 4 years ago

        Pitching wins, so the Rays will be in the thick of it, my only concern with their pitching is the pen.

      • Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

        We did but did you forget the Rays were 2010 AL east champs? Oh yea, red sox came in 3rd place in 2010 as well as 2011.

      • Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

        We did but did you forget the Rays were 2010 AL east champs? Oh yea, red sox came in 3rd place in 2010 as well as 2011.

      • You mad brother? #insecurenation

  65. luis2738 4 years ago

    Kuroda was a loyal, serviceable, and dependable pitcher for LA. The Yankees are lucky to have him. Worst of luck.

  66. drumzalicious 4 years ago

    this is an interesting night for the Yankees. I believe Jackson would have been better for them down the road though.

    • NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

      They don’t need Jackson down the road, farm is loaded with pitching.

      • Keep telling yourself that it will help you feel better when the 2 remaining B’s end up being average at best.

  67. You can have Kuroda, he won’t be a bargain when he puts up a 5 era in the AL East.

  68. condorave 4 years ago

    I think it’s hilarious that Kuroda got hardly any recognition on the Dodgers, but now that the Yankees picked him up, they are a cinch to win the east.

    • hardcoreforhardcore 4 years ago

      Because in addition to Kuroda, they just traded for one of the better young pitchers in baseball.

      • condorave 4 years ago

        I understand that but I still don’t see it. Boston has a better lineup and Tampa has a better staff. And don’t count on Martin recreating his numbers from last year, let alone Granderson.

        • W. Michael 4 years ago

          Good pitching always beats good hitting.

          It’s a cliche for a reason.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          Rays have a better rotation for sure, but the Yankees are still the better all around team.

        • and boston may have a better line-up but they gotta stay  healthy. Crawford cant even stay off the DL now. and hes lokoing to start the season on the DL. Beckett is no guarentee to return to form, and Bucholtz is coming off a broken bone in his back so no telling how hes gonna come back from that. only reliable pitcher right now is lester. Bard is not a sure thing due to him being a RP and putting strain on that arm, and Aceves theres no telling if he is going to have that same year. Youkillis is prob on his down fall now and they dont even have a real catcher. the sox are as disfunctional as the new york jets

  69. condorave 4 years ago

    I think it’s hilarious that Kuroda got hardly any recognition on the Dodgers, but now that the Yankees picked him up, they are a cinch to win the east.

  70. Heliosphan 4 years ago

    A.J. Burnett to the Tigers, for Brandon Inge and a decent pitching prospect.

    ….I’m only half serious, I just think that would be a funny trade.

    • Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

      In all seriousness, if the Tigers manage to sign Cespedes to play LF (don’t know if that’s possible now with the Fielder signing) I think a trade of Delmon Young and Brandon Inge for Burnett and a some cash (like 5MM) in 2013 is not far off. The Yankees need a DH and Delmon wouldn’t be a bad one-year gamble with upside. The Tigers need a fifth starter that can strike out hitters. With how bad our defense will be next year, pitchers that can strike batters out will be more valuable to us. Burnett could also pitch better in Comerica than Yankee stadium in an easier division and with no NY media. The Yanks still free up like 3MM in 2012 and 11MM in 2013. I’d make that trade as a Tigers fan. Now would the Yankees?

      • not to mention a pitcher friendly ball park at that. but for delmon young and inge? could work. but we really wouldnt need an OF. especialy since Inge can play anywhere and everywhere except for pitcher. how about a injured Vmart and inge with 5 mil cash for Burnett?

        • Hoosierdaddy92 4 years ago

          With Miguel Cabrera moving to 3rd, it seems like VMart is part of the Tigers plans for 2013. Also, I don’t think you can trade a player while he’s on the DL. Delmon and Inge, however, are both free agents after this season, leaving the Yankees flexibility to make big moves after 2012.

      • if that trade was proposed, the yanks should take it

  71. Coollet 4 years ago

    The Jays’ mountain they’re climbing just got a lot tall

  72. W. Michael 4 years ago

    Damn solid trade for both the Yanks and Mariners.
    Yankees get a 22 year with ace caliber stuff for very little money which frees up their bankroll for a certain lefty starter who becomes a free agent next year.

    Anyone else raise their eyebrow at AJ Burnett needing to compete for the #5 spot.
    Got to imagine Freddy Garcia has a leg up on him for that 5-hole even.

  73. The only concern I would have is that the Yankees seem to be Right hand heavy.  That doesn”t seem like the best thing for Yankee Stadium?

  74. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind having Burnett back to the Jays if the Yankees ate a bunch of salary.

    • slider32 4 years ago

      That’s why you will finish in 4th place again!

      • HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

        Wow, funny. Burnett is far from an ace, but before his NY seasons he was a solid pitcher. I watched him pitch many great games for the Blue Jays.

        • JacobyWanKenobi 4 years ago

          I personally think he’d be amazing for Arizona.

  75. Why is it when MLB.TV said Kuroda was a risk that should be avoided on Clubhouse Confidential and then he signs with the Yankees its all of a sudden a good move? If he went to Boston I’m pretty sure Yankee fans would of went all “good luck with that guy” and “he sucks”.

    • nestleraisinets 4 years ago

      why so sad? That can be said to all fans of each team…

  76. MB923 4 years ago

    I’m sure they don’t care

  77. shockey12 4 years ago

    They can’t hear you with all of that money blocking their ears

  78. lesmanalim 4 years ago

    If they can’t have your love, I’m sure they’re happy with your hate.

  79. Josh Gedert 4 years ago

    I’m sure they don’t either.

  80. MaineSox 4 years ago

     Hope you’re right, but honestly I’m still not counting on it.

  81. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    yeah, I can’t see the Sox not signing Oswalt now.

    (Somewhere in Hunting Beach, CA in the offices of Scott Boras….ring, ring)…”Hello”

    “You mad”? 
    -b.cash

  82. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    yeah he is def going there, they have to be stupid to keep a rotation of Lackey, and whoever else.

  83. MB923 4 years ago

    I can definitely see that happening now

  84. i think the sox will sign oswalt, the yanks just improved their rotation vastly, the sox need to respond and im sure aaron cook will not cut it.

  85. i hope so. now with excess pitchers in garcia, hughes, and burnett they could trade for a 3rd baseman or dh.

  86. MaineSox 4 years ago

    I hope so

  87. Devin Dunevant 4 years ago

    They’re forced to answer

  88. MaineSox 4 years ago

    I hope you’re right, but I’m just not convinced.  I’m not so naive as to believe everything they say, but the Sox have been adamant for several weeks now that they are going to get a bunch of guys to compete for the last two spots in the rotation, and if they were going to go back on what they said I would think they would have already signed Oswalt when his price dropped to $8M.  So unless they do something as a direct reaction to what the Yankees have done (which has never been their MO) I don’t see it happening.

    Again, this is kind of assuming that their plan hasn’t been to sign one of these guys all along.  And maybe they were also heavily in on one (or maybe even both) of the guys the Yankees just signed, which would explain why they haven’t signed anyone yet.  If that’s the case I would expect them to sign Oswalt pretty soon, but I guess I’ll just believe it when I see it.

  89. Too Many Idiots 4 years ago

    So?

  90. ok and they havnt spent 50 million on a pitcher either. they were talking to edwin jackson, these two deals in the last hour is alot better then signing jackson for 5 or 6 years at 50+ million

  91. slider32 4 years ago

    Just win baby!

  92. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    i would have to be brain dead to not be.

  93. GriffeyandSizemore 4 years ago

    Gary Sanchez*

  94. LMFAO i’m a Yanks fan and i find this hilarious!!!!!!

  95. sdsny 4 years ago

    Haha.  You’re talking about the premiere sports franchise on the planet.  They don’t ever go away. 

  96. PhillyT 4 years ago

    didnt see any other team actively peruse kuroda… whats the big deal?

  97. AJ Burnett for Jason Bay

  98. kurtits 4 years ago

    Try posting something with relevance to the post? Yes, we all understand, the yanks have won 27 world series…

  99. slider32 4 years ago

    You snooze, you lose.

  100. seems possible. 

  101. ARod's Ring 4 years ago

    No Thanks. 

  102. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Not if they never intended to sign one of those two anyway, which is what they have maintained all along.

  103. MNTwins12 4 years ago

    Angels?

  104. Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

    Jealous of what? That the Yankees still don’t have a better rotation than the almost lowest payroll in baseball TB rays despite the Yankees deep pockets? Oh yea, I’m really jealous I don’t have AJ Burnett in the Rays rotation. See you guys in the ALCS

  105. Red Sox

  106. or much less a redsox attitude lol. Montero for PIneda wasnt bad although i wish they didint trade montero but still a good trade. and signing kuroda for 10 to 11 million is better then spending 50 to 60 million on jackson. plus its not bad for a 37 year old pitcher who will prob end up pitching 3rd or 4th in the rotation.

  107. JacobyWanKenobi 4 years ago

    Good thing Nyjer Morgan isn’t on the team and saying “Not 1, Not 2…”

  108. Robert Slye Jr. 4 years ago

    Count on it. Mauer and Morneau will be healthier and they’ve shored up their offense with Doumit and Willingham

  109. jjs91 4 years ago

    At the end of the year the BBWAA come together and reward the ws trophy to the team with the best rotation so i get what your saying.

  110. ARod's Ring 4 years ago

    The Yankees don’t get the High picks in the Draft like for 6 consecutive Years Like the Rays. 

  111. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Would it BLOW your mind if I told you that the Yanks rotation had a better FIP, xFIP and WAR than the Rays staff last year? Now…replace Colon with Pineda and Kuroda with whoever. Now imagine if Nova matures into a solid pitcher. Now imagine if Hughes rebounds from his arm issues. Are you there? Did I blow your mind? Bet I did.

  112. jjs91 4 years ago

     If you say so

  113. Classic hater. Be Jealous.

  114. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    i dislike the yankees but this is just dumb. If the money situations were reversed the strategies of both teams would be different.

  115. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    If the Yankees had a gazillion top 5 draft selections including 12 or 13 in the first 2 rounds last year then they wouldn’t need to sign free agents? See how that works?

    It is SOOOOOO easy to build a strong farm when you’re drating inside the top 8 and can sit back, let players walk, collect picks and then trade your established but about to get expensive mlb players for prospects already scouted and ranked in another teams system.
    Doesn’t work both ways buddy.

  116. cool story bro

  117. slider32 4 years ago

    Tampa also had a zillion top picks in the draft for the last 7 seasons. When was the last time the Yanks picked first.

  118. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    manchester united would like a word with you.

  119. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    they also didn’t make very good baseball decisions during those 6 consecutive years

  120. Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

    you’re right. they just bought them instead. each team works with the tools they have. yankees have money and the rays get high draft picks for sucking all those years and now when our players leave for free agency(depending on how the new cba works, haven’t read into it)

  121. sf55forlife 4 years ago

    Why not? Arguably the best minor league system in the game with a strong nucleus now. They just need to stay competitive for now and break out like the Rays did a few years ago.

  122. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    he learned his lesson last year and prepared in advance. as soon as he read…

    “steinbrenner meets with boras about edwin jackson”

    BOOM, rotation fixed

  123. morgannyy 4 years ago

    Boras must now find another BLUFF team in order to get Edwin Jackson the ridiculous contract he expects!

  124. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    hahaha….wow. hit the nail on the head. almost as if he had contingency plans as soon as it seemed the Sons might start talking to Boras.

  125. Guest 4 years ago

    You know what, part of me thought this too. I think Cashman did a little undermining here. Well done to him. Remember Cashman more or less has full authority with the farm and prospects. Hal ultimately, has little say in those matters. Cashman made his move before anything else was done.

  126. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    haha makes too much sense

  127. yeah Cashman is just too darn good, it’s almost not fair.  This guy should be placed in solitary so he can’t do any more damage to the league.  He makes mistakes of course but better than he needs to be, with that payroll.

  128. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    you missed the sarcasm, huh?

  129. MaineSox 4 years ago

    Bard’s fastball is anything but straight and there’s no way it drops from 99-100 all the way down to 91, more likely it sits around 96-97.  He’ll also still have his plus slider and his change-up.

  130. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    huh? the angels were also not a playoff team last year. their moves have brought them into the conversation, but the yankees were already in that conversation

    their one weakness was the rotation. they just fixed it. they are the favorites

  131. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    buy everything? they bought kuroda for 1/$10M. that’s not even expensive. pineda is dirt cheap and they traded a top prospect to get him

  132. seeking28 4 years ago

    What exactly did they buy tonight?  Got a sweetheart deal on Kuroda for 1 yr.  Acquired a young SP under contract control for 5 years.  This isn’t signing Darvish, Pujols, Prince or Carl Crawford.

  133. Too Many Idiots 4 years ago

    I bet you never let facts interrupt your narratives.

  134. Speaking of Edwin Jackson—I think that this puts Scott Boras into panic mode on him. This has been his worst off-season as I see it.

  135. who can be any worse than burnett?

  136. Freddie G 4 years ago

    The concern is that his injury is a lower back issue, which is tough on pitchers.  Especially older ones

  137. fxx3605 4 years ago

    Jason Bay

  138. tdot32 4 years ago

    Vernon Wells for A.J. Burnett

  139. They still have a HORRENDOUS pitching staff.

  140. jigokusabre 4 years ago

    No shot? Keep thinking that.

  141. Boston still has a powerful lineup…if Youk can stay healthy they can do serious damage.  The BoSox are NEVER out of it as far as I’m concerned.

  142. and this is coming from a Yanks fan

  143. Whowonthe2009WorldSeries 4 years ago

    Boston has “no shot”?  Really?  Come on.

  144. sdsny 4 years ago

    Alright fine…in the Western Hemisphere.  HAPPY??

  145. MB923 4 years ago

    Or Adam Dunn or Vernon Wells lol

  146. then the angels’ll trade him for bats & balls

  147. can’t hurt for only 8-9 million…Boston just needs to hope for good health

  148. Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

    alot of if’s. and no you didn’t.

  149. lackey’s out with Tommy John…what’s their current rotation look like? Beckett, Lester, Buchholz…

  150. iol1226 4 years ago

    Lackey is down with Tommy John Surgery…
    You have Beckett, Lester, Bucholz, Cook, Padilla, etc

  151. People are all to eager to forget how long the Rays lived in obscurity before finally getting their act together scouting/development wise.

  152. Fernando O'Connor 4 years ago

    No you’re right. But we all know pitching,solid defense and timely hitting is what wins games. Not just home runs.

  153. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    Never thought I would say this to a Sox fan but….thanks for bringing some sanity to a Yanks discussion.

  154. Angels rotation is tough…they have a solid 1 & 2 and a decent 3 in santana but their pen blows

  155. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    getting new management*

  156. slider32 4 years ago

    And top draft picks. Super stars come in the first 10 picks of the draft for the most part. Teams like the Yanks don’t get those picks, so they have to either obtain their stars through free agency or trades.

  157. Josh Gedert 4 years ago

    So my comment is removed because I say “I hate the Yankees?” Seriously? Come on.

  158. slider32 4 years ago

    Just remember, paper teams don’t always win! That’s why they play the games.

  159. slider32 4 years ago

    Just remember, paper teams don’t always win! That’s why they play the games.

  160. Redsoxn8tion 4 years ago

    Dude you can an always bash the Yankees. Don’t get soft now buddy.

  161. MaineSox 4 years ago

     I think the only hope for that is if the Yankees actions today convince the Sox ownership to open up the wallet a little bit more.

  162. MaineSox 4 years ago

     Yeah, I’m stating to think that the injury concerns are more serious than I had assumed.

  163. MaineSox 4 years ago

    At this point it’s Lester, Beckett, Buchholz and then two of Bard, Aceves, Silva, Cook, Miller, and Doubront.

  164. JacobyWanKenobi 4 years ago

    Or you could’ve said, “In a sport where mad fans boo instead of throwing large stones.”

  165. JacobyWanKenobi 4 years ago

    Although, Gaby Sanchez is one of my heroes for that super beat down to Nyjer Morgan.

  166. sdsny 4 years ago

    Or where racism doesn’t run rampant…

  167. hahahhaha madee me laugh!

  168. hahahhaha madee me laugh!

  169. Yankees420 4 years ago

    You’re missing a ton off your beach…

    (Also I believe he’s based in Newport Beach, about 5-10 mins south of Huntington.)

  170. Yankees420 4 years ago

    There’s 2 wildcard spots now.  So 3rd in the AL East could very well still be a playoff berth.  

  171. Yankees420 4 years ago

    C.J. Wilson is the #3 in the Angels rotation, or at least should be since he’s better than Santana.  

  172. Yankees420 4 years ago

    Claiming there “def won’t” be a title for the Yankees in 2012 is as annoying as Yankee fans screaming “27 TITLES!!  2012 HERE WE COME!!”  Let’s just see how the games play out.  

  173. WillieMaysField 4 years ago

    I don’t think the two wild cards have be set for 2012 yet. It’s likely to happen.

  174. Yankees420 4 years ago

    You’re appear to be correct, the CBA states that 2 additional wildcard teams will be implemented no later than 2013, which seems to me that 2012 will follow the current format of 1 wildcard team per league. 

  175. Yankees420 4 years ago

    You’re appear to be correct, the CBA states that 2 additional wildcard teams will be implemented no later than 2013, which seems to me that 2012 will follow the current format of 1 wildcard team per league. 

  176. MB923 4 years ago

    Oh, okay. I guess still jealous of 3 HOFers losing to Pettitte, Cone and Rogers.

    Followed by a sweep 3 years later.

  177. MB923 4 years ago

    Haters gonna hate.

  178. who says they cant win with out a dH better yet who says they dont have a DH? they re-signed Andrew Jones, and Arod can dh on days off or during double headers. not to mention they have a 19 year old catcher in triple A who has alittle more pop then Montero just not as hyped as montero. which is why they had no issue in trading him

  179. yeah just ask redsox fans about that lol.

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