The New York Yankees have made two of the bigger moves of the nascent offseason, signing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and catcher Brian McCann for close to a quarter-billion dollars, and on Friday – with Robinson Cano still entangled in his own free agency – they got to work on their starting rotation.
The Yankees were closing in on a one-year agreement with veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, sources confirmed. He is expected to earn about $16 million, according to CBS Sports, which first reported the sides were nearing a deal.
Kuroda, who will be 39 in February, has been very sturdy over two seasons in New York, going 27-24 with a 3.31 ERA over 421 innings.
He'll rejoin CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova in a rotation that appears unsettled and could be a problem for the Yankees.