Yusei Kikuchi returns, eager to get back in training mode

Baseball / MLB Jan 6, 2019

Yusei Kikuchi returns, eager to get back in training mode

Newly-minted Seattle Mariners left-hander Yusei Kikuchi returned to Japan on Sunday after completing his move to the major leagues this past week, expressing excitement as he begins preparing for the next step in his career. Speaking to reporters at Narita airport outside Tokyo, Kikuchi, one ...

Pitcher Yusei Kikuchi agrees to deal with Mariners: report

Baseball / MLB Jan 1, 2019

Pitcher Yusei Kikuchi agrees to deal with Mariners: report

Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has agreed to sign with the Seattle Mariners, sources revealed Monday. Kikuchi has agreed to a four-year deal with the Mariners, according to MLB.com. The 27-year-old lefty was posted to Major League Baseball on Dec. 3 by the Seibu Lions and had ...

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 27, 2018

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

by Jim Allen

Yusei Kikuchi's impending move to the major leagues this winter has been planned out long in advance, according to sources close to the left-handed pitcher. From the instant the Seibu Lions announced they would be willing to post their No. 1 pitcher this offseason, Kikuchi ...

Lions slugger Hotaka Yamakawa signs new deal

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 5, 2018

Lions slugger Hotaka Yamakawa signs new deal

Pacific League MVP Hotaka Yamakawa has signed a new contract with the Seibu Lions, the Saitama club said Wednesday. The 27-year-old first baseman, who led Nippon Professional Baseball in home runs this year, will receive an estimated annual salary of ¥110 million ($973,000), nearly tripling ...

Lions post Yusei Kikuchi

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 3, 2018

Lions post Yusei Kikuchi

The Seibu Lions have posted left-hander Yusei Kikuchi to the major leagues, the Pacific League champions announced Monday. Kikuchi, 27, applied to Nippon Professional Baseball, and the league in turn informed Major League Baseball, according to the team. He needed his club's approval to move ...