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Yankees sign Hiroki Kuroda to 1-year, $15 million deal

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Hiroki Kuroda was 16-11 with a 3.32 for the Yankees last season. (US Presswire)

Hiroki Kuroda will stay in New York, agreeing to a one-year deal, Insider Jon Heyman confirms.

The deal is worth $15 million. ESPN's Buster Olney reports it also includes less than $1 million in incentives.

Kuroda, 37, was 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA last season in his first year with the Yankees. In five big-league seasons with the Yankees and Dodgers, he's 57-57 with a 3.42 ERA.

While the Dodgers and the Angels had reportedly had interest in the right-hander,Heyman reported earlier Tuesday that Kuroda had decided he wanted to pitch for the Yankees or return to Japan.

Kuroda turned down the team's $13.3 million qualifying offer, meaning that if he'd signed with any other team, they'd have to give up a draft pick.

Kuroda has told friends and family that his last season would be in Japan, which is why he was seeking just a one-year deal.

With Kuroda on board, the Yankees have to feel a bit better about their rotation behind ace CC Sabathia. The team could still go out and get another starter, but Kuroda was the team's first priority and he's now on board. New York must now wait to see if left-hander Andy Pettitte wants to return for another season.

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