Yankees sign Hiroki Kuroda to one-year deal
The New York Yankees signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year contract on Tuesday night. The deal is reportedly worth $15 million, a 50 percent raise from the pay Kuroda received from the Yankees last season.
The 37-year-old was one of New York’s best starters in 2012, finishing with a 16-11 record to go along with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and 167 strikeouts in 219.2 innings pitched.
According to the New York Daily News, Kuroda had been mulling over whether or not to return to Japan to finish out his career, but Tuesday’s agreement with the Yankees will keep him stateside for another season. The New York Daily News is also reporting that the Yankees are waiting to hear back from veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte, who would help solidify the team’s rotation behind Kuroda and ace C. C. Sabathia.
In a statement made earlier Tuesday, the New York Times writes that Kuroda said, “I am very happy and excited to re-sign with the Yankees . . . It was a tough decision for me to make, but at the end of the day, I wanted to try and win a championship with the teammates that I went to battle with last season.”