The Mariners are close to reaching an settlement with Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, Yahoo Sports reported Monday.
But the clock is ticking. Seattle has until Jan. 2 to sign the pitcher.
The 27-year-old Kikuchi has unusual devices, with a fastball that will attain 98 mph and persistently clocks throughout the 93 mph fluctuate, alongside with slider. He posted a 74-48 report with a 2.81 ERA in eight seasons in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball group.
While the Mariners appear to the front-runner now, Kikuchi has been tied to a variety of totally different West Coast golf gear in newest weeks. Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Monday totally different teams “are still involved” in discussions with Kikuchi.
Under new MLB tips, Kikuchi’s former membership, the Seibu Lions, will acquire a proportion of Kikuchi’s new contract, which is likely to be sizable.