Jon Heyman of CBS Sports suggests that the Yankees seem unlikely to make a $15.3 million qualifying offer to starter Hiroki Kuroda. He adds that they are, however, expected to make a qualifying offer to closer David Robertson.
Kuroda, 39, finished the regular season with his highest ERA in six years, though it was still a respectable 3.71 along. He had a 146/35 K/BB ratio in 199 innings to go along with it. Though the right-hander is as consistent as they come, he turns 40 in February and has been gradually losing velocity on his fastball.
Robertson, 29, did an admirable job taking over Mariano Rivera’s role as the Yankees’ closer. He saved 39 games with a 3.08 ERA and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings. If the Yankees didn’t make him a qualifying offer, they would risk losing out on draft pick compensation if he signed elsewhere.