Kikuchi to stay in Japan.

According to Kyodo News, Japanese high school lefthander Yusei Kikuchi
announced within the last hour that he will play in Japan next year
rather than sign with a major league organization. The Rangers, who
scouted Kikuchi since the spring and sent a contingent including A.J.
Preller, Jim Colborn, and Derek Holland to Japan for a recruiting
interview this week, were reported to have significant interest in the
18-year-old.

Should the Kikuchi sign with a Japanese club
following Thursday’s draft, he won’t be eligible for free agency for
nine years, unless his club decides to post his negotiating rights
beforehand.

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