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11/21/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Kyuji Fujikawa, Hiroyuki Nakajima

by on Nov.21, 2012 @ 4:18 pm, under MLB

Hiroki Kuroda has decided to remain with the New York Yankees.  From ESPN.com:

The contract is worth $15 million, plus incentives that are worth less than $1 million, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.

The Yankees were the only club Kuroda would have signed with if he stayed in the U.S. and put off a return to Japan, agents and clubs with knowledge of the talks said. Other teams that had been reported as having interest in Kuroda -- particularly the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels -- shifted their focus elsewhere.

And from MLB.com's Anthony DiComo:

"I am very happy and excited to re-sign with the Yankees," said Kuroda. "I am very grateful for all of the interest and all of the offers that I received from the various teams that courted me. It was a tough decision for me to make, but at the end of the day, I wanted to try to win a championship with the teammates that I went to battle with last season."

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Ichiro Suzuki worked out at Hotto Motto Kobe for the third day in a row on Tuesday.  His workouts lasted about three hours and included playing some catch, light batting practice at short distances, and even a bullpen session.  He did not speak to reporters after his workouts.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2012

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Koji Uehara returned to Japan on Tuesday.  Uehara told reporters that he has received a offers from a number of MLB teams.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2012

Interested teams include the Rangers, Orioles, and Brewers.  Source: Sponichi 11/21/2012

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Kyuji Fujikawa feels the harder mounds in the US will work to his advantage.

"I knew [about the mounds] being a little higher [in the US], but more than that, they are also harder.  If the footing is very firm, I think I might be able to perform even better," said Fujikawa.

Source: Sanspo 11/21/2012

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Hiroyuki Nakajima arrived at Chase Field at 12:15pm wearing a blue shirt and jeans.  His visit with the Diamondbacks lasted over five hours and included a tour of the facilities and lunch with GM Kevin Towers and various other personnel.  Lunch ran about an hour and thirty minutes.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2012

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Kensuke Tanaka is taking thirty to sixty minute English lessons from a private English tutor every day.  Source: Sponichi 11/21/2012

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MLB Japan announced that Curtis Granderson will be visiting Japan on December 5 as an ambassador of goodwill.  Granderson is scheduled to make a speech at Waseda University on the 6th and will head to Miyagi on the 9th for baseball clinics in Ishinomaki and Natori.  He will also make a stop in Okinawa on the 11th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/21/2012

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