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11/2/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Norichika Aoki

by on Nov.02, 2012 @ 10:23 pm, under MLB

The Yankees are preparing a qualifying offer worth US$13.3M for Hiroki Kuroda.  From CBSSports' Jon Heyman:

... So when the Yankees make the $13.3-million qualifying offer Friday, as they surely will, they could be moving close to a deal.

... Kuroda, who made $10 million this season in the Bronx, is said to be willing to do a one-year deal because he wants to eventually return to Japan and have something left when he does it. The Yankees love the idea of anyone good on a one-year deal now. Their goal is to get below the $189-million luxury-tax threshold in 2014 so they can reduce their luxury tax payments by tens of millions of dollars.

Word is Kuroda enjoyed his first year with the Yankees, and he went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA. The qualifying offer represents a nice raise, but the Yankees surely hope he takes it.

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It will be Norichika Aoki Bobblehead Day at Miller Park on April 7, 2013.  From the John and Cait... Plus Nine MLBlog:

The first bobblehead of the 2012 season will come at the end of the Brewers first homestand, on Sunday April 7 as the Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bobble will feature Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki!

This will be the first Brewers bobblehead for Nori, who, in his rookie season with the Crew, batted .288 with 10 home runs, 50 RBI and 30 stolen bases.

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