Both the Dodgers and Angels who were interested in signing Kuroda have shifted their focus toward other pitchers. The Dodgers are said to be pursuing guys like Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Ryan Dempster, while the Angels are making re-signing Greinke their main priority. Signing Kuroda would be a back up plan.
Kuroda, who became a fan favorite in the Bronx, finished 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA, threw two shutouts – one of them was an almost no-hitter against Texas – and reached a career high in innings pitched (219 2/3).
So while it’s not definite that Kuroda is signing with the Yankees, the chances of it happening have increased.
Come on Kuroda, I’m selfish and I want another #HIROKtober.
UPDATE: Buster Olney just tweeted that the Yankees and Kuroda agreed to a one-year $15M contract.