Friday, January 13, 2012

Hiroki Kuroda Is a Yankee

From MLBTR:

The Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with Hiroki Kuroda, pending a physical, tweets Jack Curry of the YES Network (Twitter link). The deal will pay Kuroda $10MM, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney. Kuroda is represented by the Octagon agency.

Kuroda was originally looking for a one-year deal worth $13-$14MM for next season, but recently dropped his asking price and was sending feelers out to the Yankees and Red Sox. Olney reports that Kuroda's salary was an "extra expenditure" approved by ownership, so the club will not have to move a similar salary in order to fit the team's payroll.

The Dodgers paid Kuroda about $12 million last year. No word if Kuroda has to donate part of his salary to a Yankees charitable organization.

19 comments:

Greg Hao said...

FUCK YOU NED COLLETTI YOU SACK OF SHIT.

karina said...

STOOPID NED, I HATE YOU, I DO NOT CONDONE PEOPLE GETTING FIRED BUT YOU SHOULD GO AND LEAVE US ALONE.

karina said...

Anthony Jackson tweeted that the Dodgers will pay for Harang/Capuano 60% of what Yankees will pay Kuroda.

why paying expensive faves if you can buy designer?

*cries*

karina said...

^fakes

Dusty Baker said...

Exactly, Karina.

There goes my Hiro. (cries)

(cranks some Foo; drinks)

Dusty Baker said...

I feel empty inside. I mean, I knew it was coming but the finality and emptiness are too much. I guess it's like what a woman feels like after giving birth.

Watch him as he goes...

cc: Nomo

Dusty Baker said...

ps - Everybody Hurts

cc: Karina

Hideo Nomo said...

I has a sad.

Hideo Nomo said...

Buckaroo Banzai vs. The Octagon Agency

Fernie V said...

What's with the Yankee's being closet dodger fans

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Well this sucks.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

MSTI points out that Kenji Nimura had joined the Yankees before today.

Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

I don't think Kuroda could have feasibly rejoined the Dodgers, given the current trend of making 2012's payroll as low as humanly possible.

Spank said...

BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Alex Cora said...

I meet Kenji on the St Louis road trip with Sax. We were both sitting in the dodger dugout watching batting practice and got to talking. He was a really nice guy and really seemed to enjoy his job. The Yankees picked up TWO quality people. The other thing I lament is that I think Hiro deserved a boblehead before he left. I can picture one with his left leg kicked straight out and that crazy frown that he always did before he delivers the ball.

Dusty Baker said...

Are you kidding? We lost Kenji Nimura? Now I'm really sad. I don't care if he would have had vastly diminished job duties; we still need him around. (cries)

Greg Hao said...

@DB - actually, kenji also did translation for spanish players, there were always more of those than japanese players.

anyway, i just want to pay tribute to kuroda who was such a great pitcher for the dodgers. We'll miss you and best of luck in the bronx.

Dusty Baker said...

@GH

Yeah, I knew he did ESP translation, too. And I think he also specialized in Manny-speak!

I'll never forget the rookie hazing pic with Kuroda and Nimura all pimped out. In fact, I'll post it now, just for old times' sake.

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Me and the office buddies liked to announce the pitching matchups as "Kuroda, with a capital K, baby!"

I know it sounds lame, but we had some serious man love for Kuroda.

Gonna miss you man...