According to a number of media sources, Yokohama Bay Stars team representative Kazuaki Mihara accepted twenty-seven-year-old Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s wish to play in the Majors and are open to posting him during the upcoming off-season. Mihara reportedly wants to help Tsutsugo attain his dream of going to the MLB.
In ten seasons with the Bay Stars, Tsutsugo belted 205 home runs, drove in 613 RBI, and recorded a slash line of .285/.382/.528 over 968 games and 3,426 at bats. His best year came in 2016 when he hit 44 home runs, notched 110 RBI, and ended with a .322/.680/.430 slash line.0 Comments
The media learned on January 5 that there is a chance the Seibu Lions might post Yusei Kikuchi after the 2018 season. Kikuchi informed the club that he wanted to play in the Majors at some point in the future during contract negotiations in 2015. The Lions agreed to consider the move if Kikuchi put together three solid seasons. He recorded a career-high twelve victories last year and would need to do well this year and next if he wants a shot at the Majors.
[UPDATE 1/13 @ 10:39pm]
Kikuchi told reporters on January 13 that he spoke to the Lions about his dreams of wanting to play in the Majors during contract negotiations last year. He said that it was a dream he had since he was a kid, that they did not discuss conditions, that he knew he was not yet at that level to go, and that it was just about wanting a chance to try.
Source: Sponichi 1/13/20170 Comments