With dependable Hiroki Kuroda returning for the 2013 season, it appears the Yankees' rotation has a solid chance to look exactly like it did last season.

Kuroda and the club agreed Tuesday to a one-year deal for $15 million and $500,000 worth of incentives.

The deal is a win for each side. The Yankees aren't offering free agents more than one year, and Kuroda, 38 in February, is taking it one year at a time despite being able to command a multi-year contract after going 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in his first year in the muscular AL.

"We had a strong preference of retaining him, and I suspect it was a very aggressive market for him,'' general manager Brian Cashman said. "We feel fortunate we were able to acquire him last year, and I feel the same way this year. He is a pro.''

One the Yankees needed more than he needed them.

"I am very happy and excited to re-sign with the Yankees," Kuroda said in a statement. "I am very grateful for all of the interest and all of the offers that I received from the various teams that courted me. It was a tough decision for me to make, but at the end of the day, I wanted to try to win a championship with the teammates that I went to battle with last season."

Because the Yankees expect Andy Pettitte to inform them he wants to return for an 18th major league season, the club can expect to have a familiar look to the rotation.