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Yankees Hot Stove: Kudos on Kuroda signing

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda (Photo credit: shinya)

Phewwas my reaction when I read the news via ESPN’s Buster Olney that the New York Yankees had re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $15 million deal for 2013.

Kuroda was the Yankees best pitcher in 2012, posting a 16-11 record, with a 3.32 ERA over a career high of 219.2 innings pitched. In 33 starts, Kuroda pitched three complete games, two shutouts and held opposing bats to a .249 batting average.

My only concern is the 25-homers and 51 walks he allowed but Yankee Stadium is a hitters heaven so that does factor in but overall he exceeded all expectations.

Also, Kuroda was great when it mattered, in October.

He went 8.1 innings in the ALDS to beat the Orioles. And even though he took the loss vs. the Tigers in the ALCS, Kuroda struck out 11-batters, with no walks but since the Yankees offense couldn’t hit a tennis ball his performance got wasted.

So, overall bringing back Kuroda was essential and Yankee Universe will sleep better for a night because of it.

It is about time GM Brain Cashman did something but to be fair his hands are tied by ownership, as it is one-year deals or bust in anticipation of the 2014 payroll-slashing plan.

And just in case you didn’t know the Yankees plan to have the payroll at $189 million by 2014 to avoid paying the 50% luxury tax on high payrolls imposed by MLB. This season the Yankees will have to pay a 40% luxury tax for going over.

So luckily for the Yankees the 37-year old, righty only wanted a one-year deal because I can promise you there was a lot of interest for Kuroda’s services and he could have easily inked a 2-3 year deal elsewhere.

But just like last season, Kuroda wants the option to go back to Japan so he didn’t want more than a year and the Yankees gave him a $5 million raise to make sure he stayed in the Bronx.

Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reported that Cashman described the Kuroda signing as, “a relief.”

Now the Yankees are once again waiting on Andy Pettitte’s decision, as the southpaw is pulling another ‘Brett Favre’ by mulling over his future. And to be honest this charade is getting rather aggravating. But Pettitte has earned this luxury so maybe he will let everybody know after Thanksgiving though I wouldn’t hold your breath.


  1. lolo says:

    Glad he's back as well. You mentioned his HR's and walks and how Yankee Stadium is a hitter's heaven. His splits show that he allowed fewer HR's ( and 130 more AB's at home) and had a .219 BAA at home vs .292 on the road. Sometimes it just works out that way.

    I thought that accuracy matters to you.

  2. LLP says:

    Lolo – Kuroda gave up 12 homers in Yankee Stadium and 13 on the road…….11 of the 25 homers happened over 4-games, 3 of those games were at home meaning Kuroda gave up multiple homers at home more than away. Kuroda also gave up 15 of the 25 HRs to right-handed batters….so the short right porch in the stadium does worry me some.

    Also FYI..opposing batters hit .249 BA agains Kuroda over the course of the 2012 season.

    So my question is how is any of that inaccurate?????