Pair of Japan players made available to major league teams

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Japan starting pitcher Shun Yamaguchi delivers a pitch against South Korea in the first inning of their Premier12 baseball tournament final game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Yomiuri Giants right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Toyo Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Major league clubs have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 2 to negotiate with the pair, Major League Baseball said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

    FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Japan starting pitcher Shun Yamaguchi delivers a pitch against South Korea in the first inning of their Premier12 baseball tournament final game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Yomiuri Giants right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Toyo Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Major league clubs have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 2 to negotiate with the pair, Major League Baseball said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this March 21, 2017, file photo, Japan's Ryosuke Kikuchi hits a home run during the sixth inning of a semifinal in the World Baseball Classic against the United States, in Los Angeles. Yomiuri Giants right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Toyo Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Major league clubs have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 2 to negotiate with the pair, Major League Baseball said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

    FILE - In this March 21, 2017, file photo, Japan's Ryosuke Kikuchi hits a home run during the sixth inning of a semifinal in the World Baseball Classic against the United States, in Los Angeles. Yomiuri Giants right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Toyo Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi have been made available to major league teams through the posting process. Major league clubs have until 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 2 to negotiate with the pair, Major League Baseball said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Associated Press

 
 
Updated 12/3/2019 12:04 PM

NEW YORK -- Two players from Japan, Shun Yamaguchi and Ryosuke Kikuchi, have been made available to major league teams through the posting process.

Clubs have until Jan. 2 (5 p.m. EST) to negotiate with them, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Yamaguchi, a 32-year-old right-hander with the Yomiuri Giants, was 15-4 with a 2.91 ERA and 188 strikeouts in 170 innings. He led the Central League in wins and strikeouts, helping Yomiuri to its first Central League pennant in five years.

Kikuchi, a second baseman who turns 30 in March, hit .261 with 13 homers, 48 RBIs and 14 stolen bases for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp.

Yokohama outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was posted last month and is available until Dec. 19.

MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball reached a posting agreement after the 2017 season. An MLB team would pay a Japanese club fee of 20% of guaranteed money in a major league contract through $25 million, plus 17.5% above that through $50 million, plus 15% over that.

A supplemental fee would equal 15% of any earned bonuses, escalators and compensation from option years that are exercised or become guaranteed.

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