"Hiroki Kuroda loved his first year in New York, and he's amenable to a one-year deal.
So when the Yankees make the $13.3-million qualifying offer Friday, as they surely will, they could be moving close to a deal."
The Yankees signed Kuroda to a one-year, $10 million contract on Jan. 13. The 37-year-old went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.17 WHIP over 219 2/3 innings. His 126 ERA+ was the highest of his five-year major league career.
Heyman also reported that Kuroda plans on returning to Japan at some point, making a multi-year deal less desirable for the native of Osaka, Japan. Kuroda pitched for the Hiroshima Carp from 1997-2007.