The New York Yankees are going to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason, though, one such name they’d like to retain is Hiroki Kuroda, who pitched flawlessly for the Bronx Bombers during the 2013 season.
Only problem? They don’t know what Kurodoa’s future plans are as they’ve been unable to connect with the starting pitcher.
As mentioned above, the Yankees would like to keep the 38-year-old in pinstripes going forward but general manager Brian Cashman has yet to hear what Kuroda plans to do, which could include potential retirement or returning to Japan where he could extend his career:
Yank Gm Brian Cashman says he still doesn’t know what kuroda will do, hasn’t had talks on negotiating a deal outside the qualifying offer
The Yankees would obviously prefer to work out a longer (likely two year) deal with Kuroda instead of having the pitcher accept their $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer, though with the uncertainty surrounding the situation they’d just likely prefer to know they’ll have his services for at least one more season.