Japanese southpaw Yusei Kikuchi has not been linked to the New York Yankees. Nonetheless, he should be and watch out.
Yusei Kikuchi’s name is not one heard in general baseball conversations. The 27-year-old lefty has spent his entire career with the Seibu Lions, going 74-48 with a 2.81 ERA in eight seasons.
Well, baseball fans, get ready to talk about Kikuchi the same way you would the DH rule, or last night’s The Walking Dead. The Japan Times is reporting Kikuchi will be posted by Seibu on Dec. 3. This means every MLB team, including the New York Yankees, will be allowed to negotiate with him.
New York has not been publicly linked to Kikuchi this offseason, but mark my words. Management should look at him, and hard. Even after trading for James Paxton, the Yankees still need pitching help. Moreover, they could be in a position to add an arm no MLB bat has ever seen.
The Yankees need to take some notes on Yusei Kikuchi and will be cheating themselves if they don’t.
The posting system
To understand why the Yankees should pursue Yusei Kikuchi, we must first understand the means in which they would acquire him. Enter the posting system, MLB’s and Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) joint agreement on exchanging of talent. You think the New York Stock Exchange is competitive? Just watch what happens when NPB posts a top player.