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Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:37 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 10:40 pm
 
Hiroki KurodaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees have rebuilt their rotation in one night, not only trading for Michael Pineda, but also agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda worth "around" $10 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

Yankees' big night

Kuroda, 36, was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers last season. In four seasons in Los Angeles, Kuroda was 41-46 with a 3.46 ERA.

Kuroda pitched 202 innings in 32 starts for the Dodgers last season, striking 161 batters and walking 49, as his win-loss record took a major hit by bad run support from his teammates.  At one point he lost 10 of 11 decisions despite putting up a 3.12 ERA and holding opponents to just a .244 batting average.

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Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:33 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

A tangent here (and I apologize for going off-topic a bit), but with this move AND the trade for Pineda, looks like Edwin Jackson's got to look elsewhere - and probably at a reduced market value - for a new home.  This is the same Edwin Jackson who is represented by that troll of trolls, agent Scott Borass.  

More and more, it seems to me that Borass's clients are losing out with him as their agent (see Ryan Madsen also).  This thrills me no end.  

I guess I'm a bit of old school - but I think baseball is about the PLAYERS.  The prominence, posturing and the air of self-importance from Borass has not sat well with me for years.  Would be glad to see him take it on the chin and get dumped by a few more of his clients.  I do NOT have a problem with agents - just the ones who think that THEY are the news and not the players they represent.




Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:26 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

A tangent here (and I apologize for going off-topic a bit), but with this move AND the tragde for Pineda, looks like Edwin Jackson's got to look elsewhere - and probably at a reduced market value - for a new home.  This is the same Edwin Jackson who is represented by that troll of trolls, agent Scott Borass.  

More and more, it seems to me that Borass's clients are losing out with him as their agent (see Ryan Madsen also).  This thrills me no end.  

I guess I'm a bit of old school - but I think baseball is about the PLAYERS.  The prominence, posturing and the air of self-importance from Borass has not sat well with me for years.  Would be glad to see him go by the wayside.  I do NOT have a problem with agents - just the ones who think that THEY are the news and not the players they represent.



Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:26 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

A tangent here (and I apologize for going off-topic a bit), but with this move AND the tragde for Pineda, looks like Edwin Jackson's got to look elsewhere - and probably at a reduced market value - for a new home.  This is the same Edwin Jackson who is represented by that troll of trolls, agent Scott Borass.  

More and more, it seems to me that Borass's clients are losing out with him as their agent (see Ryan Madsen also).  This thrills me no end.  

I guess I'm a bit of old school - but I think baseball is about the PLAYERS.  The prominence, posturing and the air of self-importance from Borass has not sat well with me for years.  Would be glad to see him go by the wayside.  I do NOT have a problem with agents - just the ones who think that THEY are the news and not the players they represent.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 10:09 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

The run support argument loses steam when a pitcher seems to lose year after year. Winners win. Losers lose.

Kuroda has 114 career starts for the Dodgers.  Broken down by run support:

0-2 runs support:  37 starts almost a 1/3 of his starts. not surprisingly, went 3-27 on those starts

by comparison Roy Halladay is 18-57 (.240 win%).  NO ONE wins consistently with that kind of run support.  Certainly no where near .500 win%.

3-5 runs: 46 starts 16-18

6+ runs: 31 starts 22-1  



Yankees offense last year scored 6+ runs in 60 out of 162 games, 0-2 runs in 28 games.  By comparison, the Dodgers scored 0-2 runs 62 times last year.  The math isn't hard to figure out from there.  If Kuroda can keep his ERA under 4 in 2012 he will be comfortably over .500 and be a solid #3 starter.



Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:28 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

On paper a good pickup and a good price.  NL West pitcher going to AL East worries me.  Coulnd't be any worse than Weaver.  



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:07 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

dirty dan, lol maybe you could, but kuroda is still a good pickup for the yankees for only 10 million. A.J. Burnett makes 16.5 million and he isnt half the pitcher that Kuroda is




Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:44 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

in the n.l. west i think i could go 6 2/3



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 7:45 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

philsfan1, this might actually be one of the best free agent pickups the yankees have had in awhile, and for a good price too. In the 16 losses that Kuroda had last year with the Dodgers (remember im only counting the losses), he averaged almost 6-2/3 innings in those starts and gave up an average of 3.06 runs. THAT, my friends, is why the Yankees will be a much better team this year (along with the addition of Pineda). By the way, in the NL, Kuroda finished the year tied for 7th in quality starts (22), and finished 9th in ERA (3.07). This guy would be a fantastic addition to ANY pitching rotation in baseball. Dont get on here talk s*it cause you think you know baseball dude..........



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:58 am
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

The Yanks patience paid off (as opposed to jumping at every big name free agent). This is an approach that demands respect.



Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:17 am
 

Kudos to the Yankee Front Office

I have been critical on several occasions over the last few  years of the acquisitions of the Yanks for their  pitching  staff.  I was on their case this year for pursuing E. Jackson (thank god they didnt press that button!) and have been relating  their picks to the  picks that veteran fantasy baseball managers have been making in the pitching ranks  the last few years.  BOTH Pineda and Kuroda are MUCH better options  for the Yankees  than Jackson.  One is younger and more promising and the other is older and more dependable.  Both are far cheaper.  This gives  the Yanks a bit  more room to make a big  dent in the luxury  tax area.  A very  smart move by all concerned.  A rotation with CC, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova,  and best of the rest sounds  good to me.  Now they have  to start  planning to replace their  aging  infield, but I am very confident they can win with what they have now.

Regards
Arthur Tafero
former Yankee pitching scout
under Bobby Hoffman 


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