NEW YORK | Japanese star lefty Kikucki available to MLB teams

NEW YORK | Japanese star lefty Kikucki available to MLB teams

NEW YORK  — Star Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will be available to major league teams starting Tuesday, with the New York Yankees expected to be among those interested.

The 27-year-old Seibu Lions ace will have until Jan. 2 to sign a contract with a big league club. The Lions would then receive a posting fee based on the dollar amount of the pitcher’s contract.
If Kikuchi doesn’t reach a deal with an MLB team, he remains with Seibu.

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