Kuroda’s Heading Home

Multiple reports are out that Hiroki Kuroda will pitch in Japan next year. This is both bad and good news for the Yankees.

It is bad because their rotation is very, very thin. Right now we can project a rotation of- Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, Sabathia and Capuano. Hopefully, Ivan Nova is back quickly and replaces Capuano. But even if he does, the Yankees are betting on two pitchers coming back from major injuries and a guy who has been in the NL his whole career. Kuroda would have been really helpful.

But, betting on 40-year old pitchers is not a great idea and while Kuroda was just as good in 2014, as he was in 2013 and 2012, at some point he is going to wear out. Maybe this will spur the Yankees to take a long look at Banuelos or even Warren in camp.

The only certainty now is that the Scherzer to the Yankees drumbeats will grow louder and louder. I still don’t think they do it, but until the Yankees actually sit out an offseason, I am not overly confident in that prediction.