Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Kuroda is back and a couple of minor moves

The New York Yankees announced on Tuesday night that they had resigned starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.  He is their number two pitcher and for most of last year was their best pitcher.  He signed after plaing for the Dodgers for four years after coming over from Japan.  A lot of people doubted how he would transition to the AL and especially the Yankees and the AL East.  Kuroda was great for the Yankees and now they are happy to have him back for at least one more year. 

The Yankees signed him for one year and 15 million.  You may say wow that is a lot of money for one year.  They probably did overpay for him but they will do that for one year.  The Yankees are trying to get under the 189 million cap in 2014 so one year deals work well for them and it doesn't affect that.  I wouldn't be suprised to see them do some more deals like this with Andy Pettitte, maybe Russell Martin, Ichiro Suzuki and maybe a couple of bench players and a veteran starting pitcher. 

The Yankees now have CC Sabathia and Kuroda.  If Andy Pettitte comes back which most expect they will have a solid top three with Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes and David Phelps battling it out for the back two spots of the rotation. 

The Yankees claimed reliever Mickey Storey off of waivers.  He is 26 and made his major league debut in August of last year with the Astros.  He was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 26 relief appearances.  The Yankees also added six players to their 40 man roster.  Manny Banuelos one of their top prospects who will miss all of next season due to Tommy John surgery.  They also added OF Ramon Flores, RHP Brett Marshall, RHP Jose Ramirez, LHP Francisco Rondon and LHP Nick Turley.  Dave Herndon elected free agency instead of being sent to AAA Scranton Wilkes Barre. 

The Yankees also sold a 49 percent stake in the YES network to News Corp which is a subsidiary of FOX.  I don't really know what to make of this but we will see if anything develops out of this. 

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