Kuroda happy to be a Yankee

The Yankees have made Hiroki Kuroda’s one-year, $10 million deal official, and in the press release, they included the following quote from the right-hander:

“I feel happy to be a part of such a storied franchise, which is always in contention for a World Series,” Kuroda said. “I am also very proud to be a part of this current team, which boasts so many great players. As a member of the Yankees, I would like to do my part by doing the best I can throughout the season. I hope that I can make a difference in achieving the team’s ultimate goal, which is to win the World Series.”

Right-hander Kevin Whelan was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move.

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The fact that Kuroda didn’t want to come to the Yanks last season rather than stay on an eliminated Dodgers team leads to pause here. Of course, it’s perfectly understandable that Kuroda’s priority was to remain near his LA home, but it’s not like the Pineda comments which read like Pineda was always going to sign with the Yanks when he hit free agency.

Not looking to nitpick or anything. It will be interesting to see if Kuroda can transition from arguably the easiest division in baseball for a pitcher to the hardest, but Cashman must have seen something in his skillset or he wouldn’t have pursued him on multiple occasions.

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