Yusei Kikuchi finalizes $50M, 4-year contract with Mariners

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SEATTLE (AP) — Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has finalized four-year contract with the Seattle Mariners that ensures $50 million and incudes membership choices that might be make it value $103 million over seven seasons.

Seattle introduced the settlement Wednesday, simply forward of the deadline for the 27-year-old to signal with a significant league membership or be compelled to return to Japan for an additional season.

He receives salaries of $eight million this 12 months, $14 million in 2020 and $15 million in 2021, and the settlement features a $13 million participant possibility for 2022. Seattle has choices value $16.5 million yearly for 2002-25.

Seattle has till the third day after the 2021 World Collection to train all 4 group choices. If the Mariners decline, Kikuchi has till the fifth day after the 2021 World Collection to train his participant possibility.

“Yusei’s mixture of character, expertise, expertise and relative age made him a major goal in our roster constructing plans,” Seattle common supervisor Jerry Dipoto mentioned. “He’s an thrilling younger pitcher with the power to affect the Mariners, each within the current and future.”

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Kikuchi was posted by the Pacific League’s Seibu Lions on Dec. 4. Beneath the foundations within the November 2017 posting settlement, he had till Wednesday afternoon Seattle time to signal with a significant league group.

Kikuchi was 14-Four with a 3.08 ERA for Seibu final season. He was 16-6 with a 1.97 ERA a 12 months earlier. His fastball sits within the low-to-mid 90s and he has an array of off-speed pitches.

Dipoto was open on the winter conferences in Las Vegas about his curiosity in Kikuchi and about how a deal structured in the precise approach may nonetheless match within the Mariners’ rebuilding plans. Seattle is present process an in depth makeover this offseason within the hopes of buying prospects now with an final aim of with the ability to contend in a few years.

Kikuchi will flip 28 in the course of the 2019 season. With the commerce of James Paxton this offseason, Kikuchi will slot excessive in Seattle’s rotation alongside Marco Gonzales, Mike Leake, Wade LeBlanc, Felix Hernandez and certain a few younger prospects.

Kikuchi is the most recent in a line of Japanese gamers to name Seattle residence, an inventory that began with Ichiro Suzuki and likewise consists of Kazuhiro Sasaki, Kenji Johjima, Nori Aoki and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Seattle’s take care of Kikuchi features a full no-trade provision by 2021. If the membership choices are exercised, he will get a full no-trade provision in 2022 and a restricted no-trade provision permitting him to dam swaps to 10 groups in 2023 and 5 for the remainder of the settlement. He turns into a free agent when the contract expires.

He additionally would get $500,000 for successful a Cy Younger Award, $250,000 for ending second by fifth and $100,000 for Rookie of the 12 months. He would get $100,000 every for World Collection MVP and successful the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the 12 months award, and $50,000 apiece for League Championship Collection MVP and Gold Glove.

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