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[12/3/2013] Hiroki Kuroda, Tomokazu Oka, Posting System

by on Dec.03, 2013 @ 1:59 pm, under MLB

The New York Yankees have made Hiroki Kuroda an offer.  From ESPN's Andrew Marchand:

The Yankees have extended an offer to starter Hiroki Kuroda in an attempt to entice the right-hander to pitch one more season in the Bronx instead of retiring or returning to Japan to play, a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPNNewYork.com.

The exact figure of the one-year offer is unknown, but it is expected to be in the $15 million to $16 million range. Kuroda, 38, made $15 million in 2013. Prior to free agency, he turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer of $14.1 million.

Source: ESPN 12/2/2013 via Daily Sports 12/3/2013


The Baltimore Orioles are interested in Tomokazu Oka.  From MASN's Roch Kubatko:

Is there a real possibility that the Orioles will sign Tomo Ohka?

Quite real. Earlier this week, I passed along a report from Japan that the Orioles were interested in Ohka, and I can't find anyone who disputes it. He's Japanese. He's a converted knuckleballer. He has ties to Duquette. It's the perfect storm. Stay tuned.

Source: MASN 11/28/2013

This was in response to reports in the Japanese media that Baltimore might be interested in Oka.


Norichika Aoki and Hisashi Iwakuma will be appearing on QVC Japan on the 14th as spokespeople for Magniflex.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013


There are now three possible outcomes for the new posting system agreement, tweets the NY Times' David Waldstein.

MLB & Japan baseball execs have narrowed negotiations to 3 possible outcomes for new posting system. 1 of them is expected to be agreed upon

Source: Tweet 12/2/2013 via Nikkan Sports 12/3/2013

Sponichi reports that one of the possible outcomes might give teams with the top bids (within a set upper limit) the right to negotiate with posted players in the ordered they finished in the standings, from last to first place.

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013