The New York Yankees have re-built their offense this offseason thanks to some absurdly lucrative deals. That has left their pitching relatively untouched (at least so far) and with the market thinning out, the Bronx Bombers are hopeful they’ll be able to retain starter, Hiroki Kuroda.
General manager Brian Cashman said he believes Kuroda will pitch in 2014, but admitted he doesn’t know if it will be in New York or in Japan:
Cashman said he is certain Kuroda will pitch next year, just not sure if here or Japan. Said he is working hard on making it happen
If there’s any good news for the Yankees, it’s that Kuroda likely wouldn’t entertain offers elsewhere (in regards to other Major League teams) so it appears Yankees or Japan.
New York offered Kuroda a one-year, $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer earlier in the offseason, an offer Kuroda passed on so the team will have to hit at least $15 million dollars just to entice the starter.
It’s a lofty price to pay, but for a one or two year contract, it’s well worth it to the Yankees.