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Yankees re-signed RHP Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $16 million contract.

Kuroda had debated heading back to Japan, but has opted for another one-year pact with the Bombers instead. The 38-year-old hurler was the most consistent starter in the Yankees rotation last season, posting a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings. Even with Kuroda in tow however, there is still plenty of work to be done in the Yankees rotation.

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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are "getting closer" to a one-year deal with Hiroki Kuroda for about $16 million.

Kuroda was either going to re-sign with the Yankees or go back to Japan, and it appears he'll stick around in the Bronx for another year. The right-hander posted a 3.31 ERA and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings this past season. Kuroda will turn 39 in February and did really struggle at the end of the season, so it's possible he's at the end of the line. Bringing him back for one year is a worthy gamble, though.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that he's certain Hiroki Kuroda will pitch again in 2014 but isn't sure whether it will be in the states or Japan.

The Yankees want Kuroda back and have offered him more than $15 million on a one-year deal, Marc Carig of New York Newsday reported earlier this week. The veteran right-hander will turn 39 in February but is coming off a season where he held a 3.31 ERA and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings.

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Marc Carig of New York Newsday confirms that the Yankees offered Hiroki Kuroda a one-year deal worth more than $15 million.

The offer was made about one month ago. Meanwhile, the proposed salary is right in line with what was speculated by Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. Kuroda earned $15 million in 2013 while posting a 3.31 ERA and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings, so he would be getting a slight raise to return in 2014. The Yankees are aware that Kuroda takes a while to make a decision about his future, as a return to Japan has been discussed in previous years. This winter appears no different.

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees have made an offer to Hiroki Kuroda.

Marchand guesses that it's a one-year deal in the $15-16 million range. Kuorda made $15 million in 2013 while posting a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150/43 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. He was said to be considering a return to Japan or even retirement, but that tune seems to have changed in the past couple of weeks.

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Yankees "have moved from gloomy early in the offseason to more upbeat that Hiroki Kuroda will return for another year."

Kuroda is again pondering whether to return to Japan, but it sounds like the odds that he'll be back with the Yankees are increasing. The right-hander will turn 39 in February and ended the 2013 season with a whimper, so a precipitous drop in his effectiveness is possible. However, Kuroda pitched very well overall for the Bombers for a second straight year, so gambling on him on another one-year deal is probably worth it.

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers' preference is to sign a starter to a one- or two-year deal, but Hiroki Kuroda is not under consideration.

They'd forfeit their first-round pick if they signed Kuroda, which is something they're not willing to do. The veteran right-hander hasn't made up his mind about what his plans are for next season, but he seems likely to either re-sign with the Yankees or return to Japan.

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Hiroki Kuroda has turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer.

Kuroda made $15 million in 2013, so it was an expected decision after he posted a quality 3.31 ERA in 32 starts. The veteran right-hander hasn't made up his mind on his future and a return to Japan is a possibility.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Saturday that he's still unsure of Hiroki Kuroda's plans for the 2014 season.

Cashman also noted that he hasn't spoken to Kuroda regarding a new contract, outside of their qualifying offer. The 38-year-old right-hander has yet to declare his intentions for the season, but it seems a decent bet that he'll return to the Yankees if he indeed does decide to stay stateside as opposed to returning to Japan.

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The Yankees tendered Hiroki Kuroda a qualifying offer.

It's for one year and $14.1 million. Kuroda can accept the offer or decline it and be tied to draft pick compensation this winter in free agency. The 38-year-old right-hander posted a superb 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150/43 K/BB ratio in 201 1/3 innings (32 starts) this season.