According to Nikkan Sports, Hiroki Kuroda turned down a two-year deal worth an estimated US$22M from the New York Yankees and instead opted for a one-year deal worth an estimated US$16M.
Via Nikkan Sports, the Milwaukee Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt provides the following update on Norichika Aoki:
The Milwaukee Brewers have exchanged contract proposals with Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki, but general manager Doug Melvin said Saturday it was too early to tell if a deal could be worked out before the Tuesday deadline.
"We've made an offer to him and he gave us a proposal back," said Melvin, who has been negotiating with Nez Balelo, the agent for Aoki.
"That's where it's at. We're evaluating it. We're going to look at this vs. the other options out there with outfielders. We're still negotiating and exploring other options."
Eric Wedge told reporters on Sunday that there was a chance Hisashi Iwakuma might pitch during one of their two opening day games against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in March (3/28 and 3/29). When asked about Munenori Kawasaki, he said he wanted a chance to see him during Spring Training before making any decisions.
Wedge, Ken Griffey Jr and Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin attended a press conference for Opening Series Japan 2012 at Tokyo Dome today.
Sponichi notes that Don Nomura may have left for the US on Sunday and could be headed to Texas on Monday with Arn Tellem. A separate Sponichi report also notes that the Texas Rangers will not be able to match everything Yu Darvish is asking for and that ultimately, it will come down to how much he wants to play in the US.
Norichika Aoki - 1/17 at 5pm EST (1/18 at 7am JST)
Yu Darvish - 1/18 at 5pm EST (1/19 at 7am JST)