Cashman says he still doesnt know whether kuroda wants to pitch in US next season.Far be it for me to criticize or question the way Brian Cashman is doing his job, but I'm not sure I like him saying he still doesn't know what Hiroki Kuroda plans to do next year 6 weeks after the season ended. How is that even possible? I know Kuroda is a quiet guy, but is it really that hard to pick up the phone and put a call in to him or his agent to ask? The Yankees have been gearing up to be aggressive on almost every other front this offseason and yet they don't know anything about their best starting pitcher's intentions? That seems like a hole in the plan to me.
— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) November 11, 2013
Last time I checked, the Yanks needed to replace 60% of their starting rotation next year. If the season started today they'd be filling it with Michael Pineda, David Phelps, and Adam Warren, and I don't think anybody needs to be reminded how small an amount of the mustard that trio is going to cut. Kuroda could be a safe, reliable 1-year stopgap for one of those open spots or he could be passed on for a younger FA option. The only way the Yankees find out which option makes more sense for them is by first seeing what Hirok wants to do. I'm all for giving a player time and letting him do his thing, but now that he's rejected the QO, it's time for Cash to get on the horn and start getting an idea of what Kuroda wants to do.