THEY’RE NOT DONE! Jack Curry of the YES Network is reporting that the New York Yankees, on the heels of trading for Michael Pineda, have signed former Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda to a one year deal worth betwen $10 and $11 million.
The 36-year old Kuroda had a career best 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers last year in 202 innings, striking out 161 and walking 49. In his four years in the majors since coming over from Japan after the 2007 season, he hasn’t had an ERA (or FIP, for that matter) under 4.00. He’s thrown at least 180 innings in three of his four seasons, with 2009 being the lone outlier. Despite his great peripherals last year, Kuroda was worth just 2.4 fWAR, due to allowing a career high 24 homers. That home run rate could be a problem in Yankee Stadium, a notorious launching pad for left-handed hitters. Kuroda’s homers allowed were equally split between lefties and righties in 2011.
We’re going to have a lot more on the Yankees completely improving their team tonight over the weekend. It’s safe to say that the Yankees have improved their rotation by leaps and bounds tonight. Sabathia-Kuroda-Pineda-Nova-Burnett is a pretty damn good rotation, and that doesn’t even take the re-signed Freddy Garcia into account. Rumors are swirling that the Yankees still aren’t done, and are now focused on a hitter to solidify their lineup after the trade of Montero earlier tonight.