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New York Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda Finalize One-Year Deal

December 6th, 2013 at 11:23 AM
By Dan Benton

With Robinson Cano now on his way to Seattle, this news may be a bit overshadowed. But while Jay-Z was begging the Mariners to let him "reintroduce himself," the New York Yankees were finalizing a very important one-year deal with starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

The Yankees officially made Kuroda, who appeared ready to pitch in Japan in 2014, an offer earlier this week, but General Manager Brian Cashman said it was no gaurantee he would return.

"He wants to come back," Cashman said on Thursday. "He's going to pitch, but whether he's going to pitch here or Japan or somewhere else here [in the United States], I don't know yet. All indications are he is definitely interested in coming back to the Yankees. That's the indication, but there's no guarantee."

But, like the situation with Cano, negotiations took a drastic turn overnight and he opted to return to The Big Apple for at least one more year.

The one-year deal is said to be worth $16 million, with an additional $250,000 for 190 inning pitches and 210 inning pitched. He will also receive his own personal interpreter.

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