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