The Yankees have made a one-year contract offer to free-agent starter Hiroki Kuroda, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com. While the specifics of the offer are not reported, Marchand believes the deal is in the $15-$16 million range.
Despite an 11-13 record, Kuroda was arguably the best Yankees starter in last season. His 3.31 ERA was second only to Ivan Nova and only CC Sabathia pitched more innings that Kuroda's 201 1/3. The 38-year-old veteran has a career 3.40 ERA in six seasons since coming over from Japan and his excellent control has helped produce fielding-independent numbers in line with his ERA.
Marchand says Kuroda will not make a decision on the Yankees offer until after the winter meetings. The veteran righty could decide to return to Japan or retire this off-season, though he appears more likely to continue pitching somewhere in the U.S. at this point. Marchand also notes that the Yankees will be going hard after Kuroda's countryman Masahiro Tanaka this off-season, even if the NPB player is not posted until after the new year.
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