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MLB: Yankees sign right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, acquire Seattle pitcher Michael Pineda

Published January 14, 2012 1:43 pm

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The New York Yankees made a major push to bolster their starting rotation Friday night, agreeing to terms with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda on a $10 million, one-year contract shortly after acquiring young righty Michael Pineda from the Seattle Mariners.

A person familiar with Kuroda's signing told The Associated Press the deal is contingent on the 36-year-old former Los Angeles Dodgers starter passing a physical.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there has not yet been an announcement. Kuroda's deal also includes performance bonuses, according to the person.

Kuroda was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers this year and 41-46 with a 3.45 ERA in four seasons in Los Angeles after a long career in Japan.

Right after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, general manager Brian Cashman said his priority for the Yankees this offseason was pitching. But he balked at bidding on the top free agents in what was considered a weak year for starters.

The Associated Press