Mariners Sign Japanese Lefty Kikuchi to 4-Year Deal
Los Angeles, Jan. 2 (Jiji Press)--The Seattle Mariners said Wednesday the club has signed Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a four-year contract under the posting system.
According to U.S. media, the contract calls for 43 million dollars over an initial three years, with a fourth-year club option of extending the deal to a total of seven years worth as much as 109 million dollars.
Kikuchi, 27, was posted to the major leagues in December by the Saitama Seibu Lions of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization's Pacific League.
"I'm really pleased to sign with the Mariners. I'll make efforts to show strong performances, never forgetting what I learned in Seibu," Kikuchi said in a statement issued through the Japanese club.
The Mariners belong to the American League West, the same division as the Los Angeles Angels, where two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani plays. Both Kikuchi and Ohtani, 24, graduated from Hanamaki Higashi High School in Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
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