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Report: Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda finalize one-year deal

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Hiroki Kuroda appears close to returning to the Bronx. (USATSI)
Hiroki Kuroda appears close to returning to the Bronx. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: The Yankees and Kuroda finalized a one-year contract on Thursday night, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He will earn $16 million with another $500,000 available in innings pitched based incentives.

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CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and right-hander Hiroki Kuroda are moving closer to a one-year contract worth about $16 million. At this writing, the deal is not yet done.

Kuroda, who will turn 39 in February, is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 3.31 ERA (122 ERA+), 1.16 WHIP and 3.49 K/BB in 201 1/3 innings pitched. In two seasons with the Yankees, Kuroda owns an ERA of 3.31, and he boasts a career mark of 3.40 across six major-league seasons.

Barring any further changes to the Yankees' rotation (certainly not to be assumed), Kuroda would likely slot in at no. 2 behind CC Sabathia and in front of Ivan Nova.

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