Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will return to pitch in Japan next season, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. A Hiroshima newspaper was the first to have the report. The 39-year-old Kuroda spent seven seasons in the United States. He posted a career 3.45 ERA over 1319 innings. After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Dodgers, Kuroda joined the Yankees. He remained with the organization for three seasons, but made sure his contract went year-to-year so that he could return to Japan when ready. Kuroda plans to continue his baseball career in Japan, and will pitch for the Hiroshima Carp next year.
The Yankees have yet to be informed of pitcher Hiroki Kuroda's plans for next year, according to the New York Times. A Hiroshima newspaper reported Kuroda will return to Japan next season, ending a seven-year run in the United States. The 39-year-old posted a 3.71 ERA over 199 innings with New York last season. Kuroda had signed one-year deals the past couple of offseasons so that he could return to Japan when ready.
Veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is heading back to Japan, thereby ending his career with the Yankees, per various reports. Kuroda, who will be 40 years old in February, pitched seven seasons in the major leagues, including the last three in the Big Apple. He finished 2014 with an 11-9 record and 3.71 ERA.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters at the winter meetings he hasn't spoken with Hiroki Kuroda's agent recently, and is unsure if he'll return to the Yankees next season, per the Star-Ledger. Kuroda, 39, is undecided about his playing future. He has been with the Yankees since 2012, and posted a 3.44 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 620 innings of work.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Monday he would be surprised if veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda retires. He expects Kuroda will pitch in the majors or Japan in 2015. The 39-year-old Kuroda has spent the last seven seasons pitching for the Dodgers and Yankees. He has been with New York since 2012, but he is a free agent.