Reports indicate Japanese left-hander close to a deal
It appears the Mariners have reached an agreement with one of the top starting pitchers remaining on the free-agent market. A report early Monday evening from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports said Seattle was nearing an agreement with left-hander Yusei Kikuchi.
About two hours later, Jon Heyman and Jon Morosi, both of MLB Network, reported that an agreement has been reached on a four-year contract between the Mariners and Kikuchi.
Sources confirmed Kikuchi visited Seattle a few days ago a...