Tag: Hiroki Kuroda
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.
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.
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
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
Team director Kiyoaki Suzuki told reporters on Wednesday that they reached out to Hiroki Kuroda.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013
With the Asia Series now over, Seung Hwan Oh negotiations should resume. A decision could be reached soon.
Source: Sports Hochi 11/20/2013
GM Katsuhiro Nakamura told reporters on Tuesday there were no new developments.
Source: Sanspo 11/20/2013
It seems there may be some concerns about Mauro Gomez's defensive abilities. The last thing the Tigers want is for Gomez to struggle on defense and have that carry over to his hitting.
Source: ZakZak 11/20/2013
According to this tweet by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not interested in Hiroki Kuroda:
#Dodgers prefer starting pitcher on 1- or 2-year deal, sources say. Kuroda not under consideration. Team does not want to lose draft pick.
Source: Tweet 11/15/2013
Kensuke Tanaka will play winter ball in Venezuela for two to three weeks. He is set to arrive at Margarita Island on the 18th.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/16/2013
The AL MVP went to Miguel Cabrera (385 points). Hisashi Iwakuma (two points), Koji Uehara (two points), and Yu Darvish (one point) managed to get some votes.
Source: MLB 11/14/2013
The latest on the Posting System -
From the NY Post's Ken Davidoff:
... An announcement of the new system could be made as soon as Monday night, given the time difference in Japan.
The system has been tweaked so the team posting the top bid will still win exclusive negotiating rights to the player, but now the actual price will be an average of the top two bids. In other words, if the Yankees bid $100 million and the Dodgers bid $90 million for Tanaka, then the Yankees would win the rights for a price of $95 million.
The agreement is a tradeoff for both sides. MLB wanted to limit the amount of the bids, but the NPB players union wanted their players to have a choice of teams. So the bids can still be sky-high, albeit mitigated by the second-place bid, yet the winning team still will own considerable leverage with the player because his only other option will be to return to Japan.
Source: NY Post 11/12/2013
From Newsday's David Lennon:
The bidding for Masahiro Tanaka could begin very shortly. Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterpart, Nippon Professional Baseball, are on the verge of announcing a revamped posting agreement that could come as soon as Tuesday, according to a source.
... A source confirmed Monday that the new proposal still would award the rights to the highest bidder, but that team might wind up paying only the average of the top two bids. The New York Post was the first to report those details Monday night.
Source: Newsday 11/11/2013
- There are still a number of issues that might have to be ironed out, like whether an interim commissioner's signature will be acceptable when signing the new agreement into place.
- Yu Darvish's father Farsa is still not happy with the new posting agreement and suggested another idea: players and their respective NPB teams discuss how much they want. The player takes that amount to their agent and the agent then negotiates with teams that can afford the amount. That would control posting and contract prices, something the MLB and MLBPA were concerned about with regards to allowing posted players the ability negotiate with the top three teams.
- The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association's (JPBPA) player chairman, Motohiro Shima, could not attend Monday's meeting with the NPB. Vice chairman Akihiro Higashide was present. The JPBPA did not make a decision at the meeting because they wanted to first seek approval from each of the twelve NPB player chairmen. The JPBPA also wanted a chance to talk to Masahiro Tanaka.
- JPBPA legal advisor Takuya Yamazaki on bringing Tanaka into the mix: "This problem, if Tanaka decides to go, is something we are working on to help Tanaka. It is a question of whether he can talk to multiple teams or just one team. We are doing this for him. We have told him that and it would be impossible for us to ignore his opinion."
- The JPBPA is not in a huge rush, since they know things worked out OK for Yu Darvish when he posted in December.
- If things go smoothly with the new agreement, Tanaka might be able to make a direct announcement to fans of his decision either during Fan Appreciation Day on the 23rd or some time during the team parade on the 24th.
The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka -
From ESPN's Adam Rubin:
Could Daisuke Matsuzaka return as the fifth starter? "He did a nice job for us at the end of last season, so I would expect we'll talk to him at some point," Alderson said.
Source: ESPN 11/11/2013
The latest on Hiroki Kuroda -
From Newsday's Erik Boland:
Robinson Cano, Hiroki Kuroda and Curtis Granderson each rejected the Yankees' $14.1-million qualifying offer Monday.
... Cashman said he has not received an indication whether Kuroda, 38, even wants to pitch in the majors in 2014.
Source: Newsday 11/11/2013
Kensuke Tanaka is working out in Los Angeles. He has been worth with a trainer to help him increase his strength during the off-season. He is also thinking about playing some winter ball.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2013
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!?
Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent on Friday when the Toronto Blue Jays declined his option.
From the Toronto Star's Kim Nursall:
... Conflicting reports say Kawasaki could either be brought back by the Jays on a cheaper minor league contract, or he may go back to Japan and sign with a team overseas for a more lucrative deal.
From the National Post's John Lott:
... A fan favourite, Kawasaki might remain in the organization on a minor-league deal. But the Jays could not justify a million-dollar commitment to a backup infielder who has batted .218 with a .306 on-base percentage over a two-year big-league career. He would, however, provide valuable insurance in case of injury, a role he filled in 2013 after shortstop Jose Reyes suffered a severe ankle injury in April.
The Toronto Star's Richard Griffin also tweeted this:
Roster update from #bluejays include refuse option on Kawasaki. Sources say Mune likely back to Japan for $2M and Jays were aware.
The latest on Tsuyoshi Wada and his option:
From the Balitmore Sun's Dan Connolly:
... The Orioles are expected to decline Wada's $5 million option and Casilla's $3 million option – and they must do it before Tuesday. It would be a huge surprise if the options weren't declined.
I'm hearing that an official announcement on Wada should come Saturday. An announcement on Casilla likely will come Monday. There's the end of the intrigue.
From MASNSports' Roch Kubatko:
... It's not Wada's fault that his elbow blew out, and it's not his fault that the club kept him in Sarasota after rosters expanded in September. They didn't want him pitching in important games down the stretch, deeming it unfair to both sides, but the reports on him certainly improved as the year wore on, which leads to the possibility that he stays in the organization.
Wada will be 33 in February, and Japanese pitchers traditionally have a lot of miles on their odometers. In other words, they throw a lot, and it's risky to sign one past the age of 30. But he was 107-61 with a 3.13 ERA and 1,329 strikeouts in 210 career games (207 starts) over nine seasons with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League. In his last 52 starts, he went 33-13 with a 2.29 ERA. In his final year, he was 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA and four complete games.
... The Orioles have regarded Wada as strictly a starter, in part because of the amount of time required for him to warm up, but perhaps he could fill the T.J. McFarland role if the former Rule 5 pick enters the rotation here or at Triple-A Norfolk.
I've also heard the counter argument that there's no sense keeping Wada around and reminding ownership of the $8.15 million investment that yielded nothing. Pick up the rest of your chips and move to the next table.
The latest on Hiroki Kuroda:
From The Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough:
... The team is expected to tender qualifying offers to Cano, starter Hiroki Kuroda and outfielder Curtis Granderson. The team must decide to deliver those offers by Monday.
The qualifying offer is a one-year, $14.1 million contract, and none of these three are expected to accept. If the player signs elsewhere, as Rafael Soriano and Nick Swisher did last winter, the Yankees receive a compensatory draft pick.
... Kuroda earned $15 million in 2013, and likely deserves a raise, despite his implosion in September. But general manager Brian Cashman worries about Kuroda leaving for Japan. He could also be lured to pitch for one of the two Los Angeles teams, which are closer to home.
From SBNation's Connor Moylan:
... The Yankees are expected to offer Kuroda a $14.1 million qualifying offer, which would represent a slight pay cut from his $15 million salary in '13. The two sides could renegotiate the deal if the pitcher accepts the offer.
On where Masahiro Tanaka might go if he decides he wants to be posted to the Majors after the season.
From CBS Sports:
Heyman: Yankees. They are said to love him, and not only because the posting fee isn't counted toward the luxury tax. The Cubs will be in there pitching, too.
Knobler: Giants. Yes, the Yankees want him. But so do the Giants, and they'll get him.
Miller: Yankees. Andy Pettitte is retired, CC Sabathia finished the season leaking oil and Phil Hughes has as much chance of returning to the Yanks' rotation as Whitey Ford. Brian Cashman has to find pitching somewhere.
Koji Uehara joined Tadahito Iguchi, So Taguchi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, and Hideki Matsui as the only six Japanese players in NPB history to win both a Nippon Series and World Series.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2013
Uehara donted his cleats to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Of the 147 players that attained free agency on October 31, two were Japanese players: Hiroki Kuroda and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2013
The MLB and NPB could agree to details on a new posting agreement some time early next week. The two leagues are expected to make a worldwide announcement.
Source: Sponichi 11/1/2013
From October 1:
|Cashman on Ichiro, from LoHud Yankees Blog: Obviously he's a tremendous defender. Singles hitter, great athlete, steals bases. He can certainly disrupt the defense. That's my evaluation of him. When he's going well he can obviously change a game for you. ... Don't know yet (what to expect from him next year). We'll go through the process. My expectation is that he's going to give us everything he's got. I know that he will do that. What the role is going to be, I think it depends on the personnel that we have. I don't know what that's going to be yet.. [LoHud 10/1/2013]|
|From ESPN's Todd Willis: Rangers manager Ron Washington confirmed Tuesday what ace Yu Darvish had alluded to before his final two starts of the season -- that the pitcher was dealing with a physical issue late in the season. [...] "I don't think I can get into that," Washington said. "I'll let y'all talk to people above me and the medical staff and let them get into that. "I can say this: He never said that it was an issue. Yes, he had something, but he never said it was an issue." [ESPN 10/1/2013]|
|Cashman on Kuroda, from LoHud Yankees Blog: I don't know what's going to happen. Of course we'd love to have him back, but I don't know what's going to happen. But he did a great job. Obviously he was our ace this year and regardless, we were really happy we were able to acquire him and hope that we can maintain a relationship with him as a player on this roster next year. But he's a free agent, and there's always rumblings about returning to Japan and rumblings obviously about other teams wanting him, so we'll just have to wait and see how that plays out. [LoHud 10/1/2013]|
From September 24:
|Norichika Aoki||MIL||9/24||MIL 2
|RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.286||Batted lead-off. L6, 2B9 (R), G1, G1. Made a nice catch at the warning track in the 4th. ... Extended hitting streak to five games (10-for-20).|
|Munenori Kawasaki||TOR||9/24||TOR 3
|DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.225||Batted second. Kl, Fo7, HBP, SH1, 1B8.|
|Ichiro Suzuki||NYY||9/24||TBR 7
|CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.260||Batted lead-off. F3, 1B7, G3f, G4. Replaced on defense in the top of the 7th.|
|Gosuke Katoh||NYY||8/29||DNP||Suffered a ligament injury in his left middle finger during practice on the 19th. Will require about four weeks. Got the green light to practice with the finger taped up. [Sanspo 9/25/2013]|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||9/24||HOU 2
|101-56||24||5.1||4||2||2||4||9||1||2.82||Left the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first, one out, and the score tied at two. [MLB highlight, MLB press conference] ... Reached 200 innings for the first time in MLB career.|
|Kyuji Fujikawa||CHC||5/26||DNP||Did a little throwing with a tennis ball on the 24th. Felt no pain. Could begin throwing baseball next week. [Personal blog 9/24/2013, Daily Sports 9/25/2013]|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||9/18||DNP||Next start: September 25 vs Royals.|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYY||9/24||TBR 7
|99-55||25||5.2||5||5||5||2||5||1||3.31||Left the game in the top of the 6th with runners on second and third, two out, and New York down 5-0. (IBB 1). (L, 11-13). ... Reached 200 innings for the third season in a row.|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka||NYM||9/20||DNP||Next start: September 25 vs Reds.|
From September 19:
|Norichika Aoki||MIL||9/19||CHC 5
|RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.279||Batted lead-off. BB, F7, G4, G6.|
|Munenori Kawasaki||TOR||9/19||NYY 2
|DH||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.226||Batted second. 1B7, SH1, G3, BB (R), G3.|
|Ichiro Suzuki||NYY||9/19||NYY 2
|PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.263||Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Chris Stewart in the top of the 8th. G3.|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||9/19||TEX 8
|109-59||23||5.0||5||2||2||6||4||0||2.81||Left the game in the bottom of the 6th with Texas up 6-2. (HBP 1). (W, 13-9).|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYY||9/19||NYY 2
|102-62||28||6.0||8||3||3||4||7||1||3.17||Left the game in the bottom of the 7th with New York down 3-1. (L, 11-12). [MLB highlights]|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka||NYM||9/14||DNP||Next start: September 20 vs Phillies.|
|Tsuyoshi Wada||BAL||8/31||DNP||Latest on Wada, from MASNSports' Roch Kubatko:
Tsuyoshi Wada and Zach Britton each threw two innings yesterday in a simulated game in Sarasota. The club hasn't decided whether to add either one to the expanded roster.
The Orioles are reluctant to use Wada in a pennant race, believing it's unfair to him and the club. That's a difficult time for a pitcher to make his major league debut. [MASNSports 9/19/2013]