The latest on Hiroki Kuroda:
From the NY Daily News' Anthony McCarron:
Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson all got one-year qualifying offers from the Yankees Monday, the team announced, meaning the Yanks will get sandwich-pick draft compensation if they sign elsewhere.
... It's unclear what the 38-year-old Kuroda will do. He pitched well overall for the Yankees in 2013, logging a 3.31 ERA in 201-1/3 innings. But he sagged late in the season. After the Yanks' final game, he said he had some decisions to make and that retiring was a possibility. Kuroda made $15 million last season.
... Players have until 5 p.m. November 11 to accept or reject the qualifying offer.
The latest on Koji Uehara:
From MassLive.com's Ron Chimelis:
... "Without adding any closer or other reliever next year, we are completely comfortable with Koji as our closer,'' the Boston manager said as he met with media Monday at Fenway Park.
... He threw 74 percent of his pitches for strikes, the highest for any pitcher with more than 10 innings since 2000. Uehara was the first pitcher in history to record more than 100 strikeouts and fewer than 10 walks.
... How can the Red Sox consider anybody else?
They probably won't, but Farrell said the Sox will keep in mind that Uehara pitched a full month longer than expected.
He will be 39 in April, so his durability will be scrutinized.
... In all likelihood, Farrell gave Uehara "only'' a 98 percent endorsement because the offseason always carries uncertainty.
From The Boston Herald's Scott Lauber:
... Obama, a longtime White Sox fan, praised Farrell for the job he did in his first year as Red Sox manager. According to information provided by the White House, he also remarked on closer Koji Uehara's remarkably successful season and congratulated David Ortiz on being named World Series MVP.
Uehara's response to Obama's comment:
The pre, pre, presdient!?