Hiroi Kuroda returning to Japan, Dan Uggla signs with Nationals


Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan for the 2015 season.

Kuroda, 39, could have re-signed with the Yankees but instead has chosen to finish his career at home with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

He posted a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings last season.

Though seven big league seasons Kuroda posted a career 79-79 record, 3.45 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Despite all of his strong seasons the biggest surprise in Kuroda’s career is that he never appeared on an All-Star team.

Nationals sign Dan Uggla

Dan Uggla will have the chance to earn a job this spring. The veteran is years removed from being a useful big leaguer. Last year the Braves cut him lose opting to just pay him rather than play him. He later landed with the Giants but that did not last long either.

The Nationals have a hole at second base but it is hard to believe they will just give the job to the 34-year-old Uggla. Instead they figure to sign someone to compete with Uggla who hit .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season.

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