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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

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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.

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

Source: Sponichi 12/3/2013

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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