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Report: Yankees made one-year offer to retain Hiroki Kuroda

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

The Yankees have made their offer to free agent Hiroki Kuroda.
The Yankees have made their offer to free agent Hiroki Kuroda. (USATSI)

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The Yankees have made a one-year offer to free agent starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda worth somewhere in the $15M-$16M range, ESPN New York is reporting.

Kuroda made $15 million last season and turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Yankees last month, so an offer like this makes sense for a pitcher who will turn 39 years old before next season begins.

Kuroda was 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150 strikeouts in 201 1/3 innings last season for the Yankees.

A few other teams -- such as the Dodgers -- have been rumored to have interest in Kuroda and he's also been said to be pondering finishing his playing career back in his native Japan in Nippon Professional Baseball.

The Yankees would like to enter next season with CC Sabathia, Kuroda, Ivan Nova and potential Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka as the top four in their rotation, according to ESPN New York.

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