Yankees make one-year offer to Hiroki Kuroda

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees have made a one-year offer to Hiroki Kuroda that’s believed to be worth $15-16 million.

Kuroda turned down a qualifying offer from New York that would have been for one year and $14.1 million, but he did the same thing last offseason before eventually re-signing for $15 million.

Kuroda will be 39 years old before Opening Day and struggled down the stretch, but finished the season with a 3.31 ERA in 201 innings and has been one of the majors’ most consistent, underrated starters since coming over from Japan in 2008.

Nathan Eovaldi to make 2018 debut for Rays soon

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said that pitcher Nathan Eovaldi will join the starting rotation on Monday or Tuesday to face the Athletics, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Eovaldi’s rehab outing with Triple-A Durham went well, even though he gave up eight runs in four innings.

Eovaldi, 28, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had arthroscopic surgery in March to remove loose bodies in his elbow. It’s been a long road back. Knowing Eovaldi needed to recover from surgery, the Rays signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in 2017 that included a $2 million club option for 2018 that they exercised last November.

When Eovaldi last pitched, he ranked among baseball’s hardest throwers, particularly among starters. He averaged 97.1 MPH on his fastball in 2016. Among starters who racked up at least 100 innings that season, only the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard had a higher average velocity (97.9 MPH). It remains to be seen if he still has that velocity after undergoing two procedures on his elbow.

The Rays will be glad to have Eovaldi back. The club has sustained injuries to Jake Faria, Yonny Chirinos, and Jose De Leon.