Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hiroki Kuroda Undecided About 2014, May Retire

It is no surprise here but Hiroki Kuroda is still undecided about his 2014 plans and has opened the door for a possible retirement. Kuroda has always said that he wanted to return to Japan to pitch for at least one final season before he retired but now that sounds that may not happen. Next season we know that Kuroda will either pitch with the Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, his Japanese League team, or retire from Major League Baseball.

If Kuroda is skipped from tomorrow's season finale, as it is looking like he will be, Kuroda finished with a stellar 3.31 ERA in 201.1 innings for the Yankees this season although he tired out once the calendar changed to August. The Yankees are expected to hand out a $14,000,000 ish qualifying offer to Kuroda after this season to protect themselves if he did go back to the Dodgers by getting draft pick compensation back for him. If he retires or heads back to Japan than obviously we would get nothing and if he accepted we could see one more season of Kuroda in pinstripes as he enters his age 39 season.

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