Hiroki Kuroda is more important to the Yankees than Robinson Cano


Kuroda’s a dependable hurler who is comfortable in the Bronx.

Hiroki Kuroda and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year deal worth roughly $16 million on Friday.

The 38-year-old Kuroda (11-13, 3.31 ERA), who was robbed of being an All-Star in July, clearly supplanted Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia as New York’s stopper last season.

Although the veteran wearied in September, Kuroda’s right arm is more important to the Yankees than Cano.

Plus, never to be confused with Rogers Hornsby, Cano’s already moot thanks to the acquisitions of Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

Kuroda’s a dependable and solid starter who tossed 201 1/3 innings in 2013.

Mainly relying on a fastball and slider, the Japanese workhorse fills one of three voids in the rotation behind Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

Even with Cano departing Gotham for “The Emerald City,” Kuroda will receive ample run support and win more games in 2014.

Completely dismissing Robinson Cano’s irrelevant move, Yankees fans should be ecstatic that Hiroki Kuroda preferred One East 161st Street in the South Bronx over Asia.

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