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Kuroda took less to stay in pinstripes

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08:15 AM ET 11.22 | The jackpot Hiroki Kuroda hit this week could have been even more significant. In choosing to sign a one-year, $15 million contract with the New York Yankees, [Kuroda] declined other teams' offers of more money and years, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday. Besides the Yankees, the teams most interested in Kuroda were the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. Kuroda also seriously considered returning to Japan. The Yankees received the edge because of Kuroda's comfort level in the Bronx. In his first season with the Yankees, Kuroda felt at home with his new teammates, the fans and the city. He was glad to take a one-year offer because he would like to finish his career in Japan, the source confirmed.

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November 22, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Smart Man, he pitched well for New York!!!!

November 22, 2012  08:55 AM ET

A couple of weeks ago he wanted to pitch for the Dodgers because his family was there, but I guess he has found a northern girl to make him forget about his family.

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November 22, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Everyone looks better in pinstripes.....

November 22, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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I am a little surprises. Kuroda had said he wanted to go back to Cali...guess money talks.

Maybe, just maybe the Yankees are the only team that offered Kuroda a contract!!!

November 22, 2012  10:01 AM ET

I really doubt Boston offered more than $15M.

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November 22, 2012  11:24 AM ET
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He's happy there, it's a good fit. Good for all involved.

not everything its about money,, a lack of confortability could drive the free agents away,,,,,

November 22, 2012  11:26 AM ET
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I am a little surprises. Kuroda had said he wanted to go back to Cali...guess money talks.

dodgers offer him much cash flow to his bank except kuroda enjoys better the bronx and the nice weather than the heat at california,,

November 22, 2012  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Maybe, just maybe the Yankees are the only team that offered Kuroda a contract!!!

+1

November 22, 2012  11:39 AM ET

Took less? He made 10 million last year, signed for 15 million this year. That's a 33 percent increase over last year. Which is damn generous considering his age.

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November 22, 2012  07:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

YEPPER! THEY PLAY BETTER TOO!

Multiple teams utilize pinstripes.

 
November 23, 2012  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Maybe he's hanging around with Amy Fisher?

Amy Girl Moved to LA, Beleive me Boston Wanted this Guy!!!!!

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