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Yankees Hot Stove: 2 reasons to let Kuroda walk

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York is reporting that the New York Yankees have made a one-year offer to pitcher Hiroki Kuroda with hopes that he will stay in

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

the Bronx for another season instead of retiring or going to pitch back in Japan.

The number is unknown, but it has to be higher than the $14.1 million qualifying offer that Kuroda turned down last month.

Honestly this Kuroda news shocked me, as I thought the Yankees front office would sigh in relief that they were not hogged tied to another deteriorating veteran.

But whom am I kidding, enticing a proven aging player is a standard move for the Yankees.

Here are two reasons why signing Kuroda is risky and could bomb in the Yankees face.

1) Kuroda will be 39-years old at the start of he 2014 season, and in the second half of last season his age started to show.

By the 2013 All-Star Break, Kuroda was at the top of the CY Young discussions, only to fall apart in the second half of the season.

He literally couldn’t pitch his way out of a paper bag from August on, as numbers never lie.

(All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

Hiroki Kuroda - 2013 pitching spilts
1st half860.5712.6519190110118.2101363512240842034751.0536.403.50
2nd half370.3004.251313000082.29043398192663033491.3197.203.47

2) Teams play the most games against teams in their division; and Kuroda consistently struggled vs. AL East teams last season.

His pitching stats speak for themselves

(All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com)

2013 Hiroki Kuroda vs. AL East Teams
Boston Red Sox140.2004.88660031.1411917261244021441.5006.904.00
Toronto Blue Jays220.5003.34550032.1281412480261001301.1137.203.25
Baltimore Orioles120.3333.38441124.0239951016000961.0006.0016.00
Tampa Bay Rays020.0009.26220011.21412125318000511.4576.202.67

Making this offer to Kuroda confirms two things.

–       That the Yankees farm system is really in total disarray.

–       The Yankees still love to be old. What I understood was that the Yankees wanted to get younger on the whole because as of now, the Yankees might field the oldest team in history in 2014.

Right now the Yankees starting rotation has CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova and David Phelps.

There is Japanese phenom, Masahiro Tanaka who the Yankees have been rumored to be hot on but I am not sold on this idea just yet.

And what about Matt Garza? He could be a better option.

Oh, I almost forgot about Michael Pineda who has yet to throw a pitch in the Bronx. But let me say if Pineda is healthy, fans will be overjoyed as this guy throws heat.

The bottom line here is…. DON’T. LET. YOURSELF. GET. COMPLACENT.

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  1. Richard says:

    Your right, numbers don't lie , but your analysis is woefully incomplete.

    Kuroda had a 2.89ERA on Aug 28th. He ended up with a 3.31. As you say, he was a CY caliber pitcher pre-All Star. Where are you going to get a AL East caliber pitcher with 200 innings with a 3.31 ERA? Where? Who?????

    He's SOOOO old that even with his LAST month struggles his SO/9 were up and his BB/9 were lower. You would expect a worn out pitcher's numbers to be the opposite.

    I'll take him back in a heart beat.

    • Yea but Richard what about his numbers vs. AL EAST teams?

      Kuroda looked worn out the second half, and rightfully so he is older and at the end of his career. I would rather the Yankees bring up a really young prospect from the minors and give them a shot. CC, Nova, Phellps, Pineda and ?

  2. Richard says:

    Look at the game logs. Some of those games were blow outs and some we only scored a few runs. His ERA does not lie. It's not in the Yasnkees DNA to bring up an unproven pitcher. It was in Sept where he blew up. You can't discount the 5 months he pitched well. His ERA does not lie.

    We have at least 2-3 rotation spots to fill. Whose will fill them??