• Did The Yankees Miss The Boat With Hiroki Kuroda?

    Posted by on December 30th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    Brian Cashman signed Hiroki Kuroda for one year (2014) at $16 million this off-season.

    Of course, the Yankees have the well documented issue of trying to get their 2014 payroll under $189 million.

    That said, would it not have made more sense to offer Kuroda a three year deal, paying him $3 million for 2014, $8 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 – with a gentlemen’s agreement that the Yankees would release him after the 2014 season where he would still get paid and could unofficially retire?

    Comments on Did The Yankees Miss The Boat With Hiroki Kuroda?

    1. Corey
      December 30th, 2013 | 10:36 am

      It wouldn’t cause there’s specific rules against circumventing the tax rules and that would result in some form of mlb punishment.

    2. December 30th, 2013 | 11:02 am

      @ Corey:
      Players have never deferred money before, or, had contracts that were loaded at the end of the deal, to help a team with payroll issues?

      It’s been done before and no one ever bellyached.

    3. McMillan
      December 30th, 2013 | 12:47 pm

      Why didn’t the New York Yankees express an interest in Hiroki Kuroda in October of 2007, when Kuroda decided to pitch in the United States and was a free agent… as the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Los Angeles Dodgers did?

      He might have made a nice addition to the $200 million 2008 team that finished 8th in the A.L. in E.R.A. and missed the postseason.

    4. Raf
      December 30th, 2013 | 2:34 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      @ Corey:
      Players have never deferred money before, or, had contracts that were loaded at the end of the deal, to help a team with payroll issues?
      It’s been done before and no one ever bellyached.

      I don’t think the union would be happy with that contract.

    5. Mr. October
      December 30th, 2013 | 3:15 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Why didn’t the New York Yankees express an interest in Hiroki Kuroda in October of 2007…

      Cashman had Kei Igawa and an overabundance of starting pitching talent in his minor league system in October of 2007…

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