Kuroda went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA and 201 1/3 innings pitched in 32 starts last season. This included nine scoreless starts, which led all American League pitchers. In two seasons with the Yankees, Kuroda has a 27-24 record and a 3.31 ERA. During that time, Kuroda tied Clayton Kershaw with 14 starts with seven or more scoreless innings pitched.
The veteran right-handed had spent the four previous seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to his Major League debut in 2008, Kuroda spent eleven seasons with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League.
Earlier this offseason, the Yankees made a $14.1 qualifying offer to Kuroda. The 38-year-old declined the offer as he determined whether to pitch another season in the United States or return to Japan with his family.
With Kuroda back in the fold, the New York Yankees can now turn their attention to fellow Japan native Masahiro Tanaka, who is expected to be posted during the 2013 offseason.