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Report: Kuroda Mulling Increased Offer; Yankees, Cano ‘Oceans Apart’

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Hiroki Kuroda (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hiroki Kuroda (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Yankees have reportedly offered free agent starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda a raise.

Newsday, citing sources, said the Yankees offered Kuroda a one-year deal for just north of $15 million. It would be a slight increase over Kuroda’s 2013 base salary, the paper reported.

Kuroda was mentioned early in Cy Young discussions last season before falling apart down the stretch. He ended up 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, after going 1-7 with an ERA above 5.00 over his last 10 starts. The 38-year-old right-hander turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Yankees last month.

Kuroda is 68-70 with a 3.40 ERA in six major league seasons. He played the first part of his career overseas.

YANKEES AND CANO NOWHERE NEAR DEAL

Newsday also reported that the Yankees and free agent second baseman Robinson Cano remain “oceans apart” in negotiations. The Yankees appear to be holding firm on their offer of seven years and $160-175 million. Cano is reportedly seeking a nine-year contract worth roughly $250-260 million.

Cano batted .314 with 27 home runs and 107 RBIs in 2013.

Should Cano get that kind of deal, he would become the highest paid player in baseball.

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