According to Jack Curry, the Yankees have agreed to terms with starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. Buster Olney reports that the contract is one year at $10m. This comes as a big surprise after the Montero/Pineda swap tonight. It was clear the Yankees were still interested in acquiring a starting pitcher this offseason, and tonight they signed two.
On December 12, 2007, Kuroda signed a $35.3 million deal with Los Angeles Dodgers. At 33, he pitched to a 3.73 ERA in his first year in the major leagues. In 2009, Kuroda was announced as the Dodgers opening day starter, and although he faced ongoing injuries during the season, he ended with a 3.76 ERA in his second year. After his 2010 season, Kuroda resigned with Dodgers and at the July trade deadline refused a trade.
Kuroda posted a 3.07 ERA last season, with a 7.17 K/9 and 2.18 BB/9. He turns 37 this year, and it’ll be interesting to see how his numbers translate from the National League West to the American League East. Over his last three years, he’s been the epitome of a number two pitcher for the Dodgers. Along with Pineda, the Yankees have added two relatively cheap top of the rotation pitchers, and are still on track to stay below the 2014 luxury tax.
This only leaves us guessing who will lose their rotation spots.
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