Yusei Kikuchi 2018 Off-season Updates

Date Updates
11/19/2018 4:04pm – Kikuchi returned to Japan today. Nikkan Sports 11/19/2018
11/13/2018 12:34pm – The Seibu Lions could post Kikuchi some time before the end of the month (possibly around the 20th). The deadline is December 5. Kikuchi is planning to attend Fan Appreciation Day on November 23, as well as other team functions. Daily Sports 11/13/2018, Sponichi 11/13/2018
11/11/2018 5:30pm – Kikuchi left for the US on November 10. He will most likely be in the US for about ten days (meetings with Scott Boras, training, medical exam, etc). Daily Sports 11/11/2018, Sports Hochi 11/11/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/11/2018, Sponichi 11/11/2018, Sanspo 11/11/2018
11/10/2018 5:40am – Kikuchi is expected to fly to the United States for a medical exam sometime soon. He could ultimately end up negotiating with five to six teams in December. Nikkan Sports 11/9/2018
11/6/2018 11:54pm – Kikuchi apparently select Scott Boras to represent him. Nikkan Sports 11/6/2018, Sponichi 11/6/2018, Sanspo 11/6/2018 … 3:39am – Kikuchi met team officials on November 5. They talked about his dream of pitching in the Majors. The Lions are going to post Kikuchi. Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Sponichi 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018
11/2/2018 3:52pm – Tokyo Sports notes that it’s possible the Lions could hold a press conference as early as November 5 to announce a decision. Tokyo Sports 11/2/2018
10/31/2018 2:58pm – Senior Director Hisanobu Watanabe told reporters on October 30 that he knew about Kikuchi’s desire to play in the Majors and that he hoped to meet him some time within the next week. Sponichi 10/31/2018, Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018
10/30/2018 8:58pm – Kikuchi spoke to reporters on October 29 and said that it had been his dream to play in the Majors since he was in high school. He also told reporters he looked forward to speaking to the Lions. According to Sponichi, Scott Boras might be the top candidate to represent Kikuchi. Sanspo 10/30/2018, Sports Hochi 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018

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