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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,'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: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:50 am

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

wasnt he the one that wanted to be closer to home(japan)??

Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 3:55 am

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

Ten million dollars for a pitcher with an ERA just a hair over 3 is more like it. Wins and losses are the last stat you should look at when determining a pitcher's value. If Kuroda can post a 3.07 ERA in NY in 2012, he'll win 20 games, easy.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:18 am
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Since: Jan 26, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2012 2:14 am

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

the yankees score 6 or more runs per game. 3 or 4 era is like a 1 era for the marlins. good luck this year i am pulling for the new york of the south.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:47 am

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

has there ever been a better starting rotation please tell me that was sarcasm because the yanks didnt just get two cy young type pitchers here they got a guy with a plus 4 era away from the long fences in seattle and a japanese pitcher who always seems have an era spike when in the AL compared to NL other than CC Sabathia the Yankees have four pitchers that are 3s or 4s at best compared to the red sox and angels there rotation looks like that of a triple A team and if they somehow slip into the world series and have to face the Phillies Sabathia would have to pitch every game for the yankees to have an arm as good as philly throws out there every night

Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 12:23 am

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

WHO CARES!!!! Pujols!.....ANGELS!!! Oh yea Wilson too!

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:51 pm

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

So, your argument is that run support doesn't matter?  That's the stuff of genius.  Despite the low ERA and WHIP he must suck?  Again, genius.

Let's see, the Dodgers had exactly one good year since signing Kuroda.  The same year he was over .500. 

Winners win?  Sure, as long as the team scores runs.  That's kind of how the game works.  Over those four years, the Dodgers had exactly one season in the top 25% in runs scored.  The same season he had a winning record.  Huh.  The rest of the years they were 11th, 13th, and 9th, all lower half, all bad.  But it must be on Kuroda.  He should really have been driving in more runs during his starts.

There's been one season that I can remember where a guy on a bad team had a great winning percentage.  It stands out because its rare.  It was in the 70's and it was HoF Steve Carlton.  Kuroda is a very solid major league pitcher, period.

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:37 pm

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

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

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:20 pm

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

I am always wary of signing NL pitchers, especially those in the later parts of their careers.  I still remember with a little bit of bitterness the deal we gave Carl Pavano and the Javier Vasquez trade after the 2009 season.  And I still laugh hysterically when I think back to Brad Penny and John Smoltz pitching for the Red Sox.

$10 million isn't a lot for a team like the Yankees, and it's only a 1 year deal.  

And I guess this is a good sign as it shows that the ownership is still trying to improve on our current team. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:08 pm

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

It seems like Yankee fans are going to love Friday the 13th with the addition of two starters on on day and the trade of just one top prospect - the one who would not have played a position for the team. Last year they did use duct tape and bailing wire to get though the year. This year they still have a top prospect at catcher and two at pitcher (hence the one-year contract here.) It feels right to go to camp with seven starters. There may be opportunities that present themselves at deadline this year but having long relief from an available starter is so needed.

Did the Yankees just acquire the makings of another ring? This was certainly the weakness last year and the acquisition of two starters may just jump start them into favorites. But being a favorite did not help Philly last year (has there ever been a better starting rotation?) It might be a fun year as the Rangers and Yanks square off for the third year in a row.

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