Yankees bring back Hiroki Kuroda with $16M deal

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Yankees will bring back right-hander Hiroki Kuroda with a one-year, $16 million contract, which was a $1 million raise over his salary in 2013.

He had earlier declined a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Yankees.

Kuroda helps to solidify the rotation behind CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

Turning 39 in February, Kuroda was 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA in 32 starts for the Yankees last season.

He was 14-10 with a 2.33 ERA in his first 24 starts of the season before going into a mid-August tailspin, which manager Joe Girardi attributed to the wear and tear of pushing him a little too hard.

Kuroda exceeded 200 innings in each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 219 2/3 innings in his first Yankees campaign back in 2012.

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