Yankees Sign Hiroki Kuroda: A Busy Night in the Bronx
What a night.
First, Jesus Montero gets shipped out of town for Michael Pineda, and now Brian Cashman finally gets the Japanese pitcher he has lusted after for almost a year.
Kuroda has only pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers over his four-year major league career, but the veteran has the ability to pitch in the AL East, arguably baseball's toughest division.
With the Dodgers, an average season for Kuroda has been 10-12 with a 3.45 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 155 strikeouts in 177 innings pitched. He also has a 48.6 percent ground-ball rate, something that will serve him well in Yankee Stadium.
Kuroda joining the Yankees gives them one of their deepest rotations in years: C.C. Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Kuroda, Ivan Nova and either Phil Hughes, AJ Burnett or Freddy Garcia as the fifth starter.
Consider that before you sat down for dinner this evening, the Yankees rotation looked like this: C.C. Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, AJ Burnett and Freddy Garcia.
That's a huge difference and a massive upgrade to the one area that the Yankees were increasingly vulnerable in.
So Brian Cashman finally got what was at the top of his Christmas list—just a few weeks late.
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