Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Kuroda's Coming Back!
The Yankees are bringing back Kuroda on a one year $15 million deal that includes $1 million in incentives. This is quite the lofty raise from last years $10 million deal and certainly confirms that he read the market right when he turned down the $13.3 million qualifying offer. I get the sense that for proven starters entering the latter part of their careers, its better to sign one year deals. Every year you're open to the highest bidder, and every year, teams need pitching. Teams feel safe with a one year deal, so they're typically willing to overpay for that one year. We saw this repetitively with Roger Clemens. He basically wrote the terms of his contract, and handed it to Cashman to sign. In other news, the Yankees continue claiming pitchers off waivers, which is smart. Middle relievers are notoriously inconsistent year to year, and building a bullpen out of competition assures that the best performing pitchers will be on the big league roster. The players they claimed on waivers have names, but I can't recall them right now, so I'll go with Mike and Doug, and maybe a Greg somewhere in there.