Yankees make qualifying offer to Kuroda

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NEW YORK, Nov. 4 (07:26) Kyodo

The New York Yankees have made a qualifying contract offer to
Japanese starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, the club announced on Monday.

Kuroda has until Nov. 11 to accept the offer, which is worth
$14.1 million for one year, or decline and become a free agent.

The $14.1 million figure represents the average of the previous
year's top 125 free-agent salaries. Per regulations in the league's
Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Yankees are ensured draft
compensation if Kuroda turns down the offer and signs with another

The Yankees also made qualifying offers to Robinson Cano and
Curtis Granderson.

Kuroda, who turns 39 in February, owns a 27-24 record with a
3.31 ERA over 65 starts in his two seasons in New York. His six-year
tenure in the majors also includes four seasons with the Los Angeles
Dodgers before joining the Yankees as a free agent in January 2012.

The right-hander rejected a $13.3 million qualifying offer last
November before negotiating a one-year, $15 million deal to remain in

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