Hiroki Kuroda took less money to sign with the New York Yankees. From ESPN's Andrew Marchand:
During the process, Kuroda weighed the advantages of pitching on the West Coast again vs. New York. It wasn't until this week that he decided to re-sign with the Yankees.
The exact amount Kuroda turned his back on is unknown, but even in negotiations, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman sensed he was not the highest bidder.
"I think by coming here he left some money on the table," Cashman said. "I think it's a reflection of he really enjoyed playing here, in this city, for this team, for this organization and with these teammates to come back under the circumstances he's coming back under. And we stretched, too, to make it happen."
Hiroshima Carp team director Kiyoaki Suzuki's response: "When he decides to return, we will be ready. We would like him to be able to pitch at least one year in Japan." Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012
The Phillies, in their search for a setup man, are asking around about free-agent righty Koji Uehara, who previously was with the Rangers.
At least four teams could be interested in Uehara: Phillies, Rangers, Orioles, and Brewers. Source: Sponichi 11/22/2012
Norichika Aoki visited the Yakult Swallows' team office in Aoyama on Wednesday. Source: Sanspo 11/22/2012
Ichiro Suzuki thanked Amy Franz, the creator of the Ichimeter, with a letter, a pair of cleats, and a bat.
OMG! I just got a package from former @mariners Ichiro! Almost passed out in the middle of the living room! twitter.com/ichimeterlady/…
My Thank You note from former @mariners Ichiro. Wow!!!!! I am so excited!!! twitter.com/ichimeterlady/…
Classy move by Ichiro.