Step One

Buster Olney is reporting that the Yankees have reached an agreement with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal for $15-million plus incentives that are less than a million. This is very good news.

Now the Yankees know they head into the season with Kuroda and Sabathia atop their rotation. They will probably bring back Andy Pettitte and they still have Hughes, Nova and Phelps all ready to go as well. This gives them options. They could dangle Hughes in the trade market and see if someone will give them something good back. They can bring Pettitte back and go into camp with six starters. (Not a bad idea as we saw this year.) And, when Swisher and Soriano leave, which is almost a certainty, the Yankees will rack up two additional draft picks.