New York Yankees: 5 Options for the Bombers If Hiroki Kuroda Signs Elsewhere

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New York Yankees: 5 Options for the Bombers If Hiroki Kuroda Signs Elsewhere
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The Yankees have a serious issue that they need to figure out relatively soon.

Hiroki Kuroda recently turned down a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Yankees for 2013 and will test the free-agent waters this winter.

We all know the Yankees want Kuroda back for 2013, especially after how brilliant he was last season.

The problem is other teams are eying him up as well—like the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, plus his native country in Japan.

With the chance of landing a multi-year deal, there's a chance that the Yankees don't bring Kuroda back for next season, which would really throw a wrench into their plans.

If Kuroda bolts from the Bronx, what does Yankees GM Brian Cashman do to replace his production?

Here are a few ideas in case that does happen.

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