Kikuchi staying in Japan

Laird homers again, but Surprise falls in extras
It's not like anyone buys AL championship gear anyway

Highly touted Japanese lefty Yusei Kikuchi is staying in Japan, though the official announcement is still to come.  Kikuchi spoke to the Yankees at some point in the last week, as well as six other MLB clubs, before making his decision. The teenager is expected to be the first overall pick in the NPB draft later this week.  Ben went through all the trouble of profiling the kid last week.

Aroldis Chapman, come on down.

Laird homers again, but Surprise falls in extras
It's not like anyone buys AL championship gear anyway
  • Roster Rooster

    Watching Sports Reporters, Its intresting how they only second guess the moves that diddnt work… “this series changed when Girardi came to the mound, so Pettite served up a HR to Vlad” , “And THEn Girardi took Robertson out for Aceves with 2 outs”

    Its like when some1 is stealing 3rd with 2 outs, the Mike Kay says “Well if he makes it its a good play, if he gets caught its a bad play.” NO.

    These “Old school” Holier than thou Reporters always have the same angle, If it works, its the right move.

    • OldYanksFan

      I agree. In general, there is too much talk about ‘good’ or ‘bad’ moves. Moves are neither Good or Bad, but rather, have a certain statistical chance of being successful. And you have to consider the specific situation and put that in play when making a judgement.

      Almost all moves have an upside and downside.
      I think it’s rare when a certain move is ‘absolutely’ Good or Bad. But fans and writers alike love to back seat drive.
      Girardi took a shit this morning that knows more about baseball then 99% of the people who criticize…. but I guess that’s our’s, and the media’s job.

      I have my own opinions of moves, but they are just my opinions, and I put little weight on them.

    • steve (different one)

      well, lifting Robertson WAS a bad move, but implying that Girardi caused the HR to Vlad b/c he went out to talk is ridiculous.

      also, i’ve noticed Girardi is being ripped for using Hughes before Joba on Thursday. that’s complete BS too.

  • Jake H

    Too bad about this kid. Would have loved to add him to the farm.

    • Johan Iz My Brohan

      We can, let’s kidnap him, change his name to “Kei Igawa”, then send the real Kei Igawa back to Japan as “Yusei Kikuchi” to enter the draft.

      • Doug

        God knows they all look the same!!!

        • Mike Pop

          IETC…. because it came from you!

  • OldYanksFan

    I would certainly look at Aroldis Chapman, but I am soured on Japanese pitchers in general. Wasn’t Dice-K the very best that Japan had ever produced? I think these Japanese pitchers are big risks. Sometimes you get 2 or 3 good years, but rarely more.

    Playing in MLB is different then playing in Leagues in other countries. Numbers and style don’t always translate. Chapman is big (6’4″, although only 180 lbs) and is reported to throw hard (as much as 102 mph). Those 2 factors do translate, so he MIGHT be the real deal.

    CC and Tex were known factors, so big bucks for these guys is often reasonable. AJ is a known ‘unknown’, so we probably paid too much for what he produces. I think if you have big bucks to spend, get guys with ‘limited guarantees’ and gamble (as Cashman has) on draft picks.

    International signings should be looked at with a grain of salt.

    • Jake H

      But remember this guy would have gotten 5 million over 5 years or something like that.

      • Glen L


        • whozat

          The risk would be less than with Matsuzaka. You

          1) wouldn’t feel like he HAD to be on your 40- or 25-man roster
          2) Wouldn’t expect him to contribute any time soon
          3) Wouldn’t have spent 100mil to bring him into the organziation.

          • steve (different one)

            where did you get $100M from? i have been assured that the $51M posting fee was little more than advertising money that would guarantee the Red Sox any and all promising young Japanese talent, such as this Kikuchi character. this post was about how Kikuchi signed with Boston for negative $7M, right?

    • Tom Zig

      Well the thing with Kikuchi is that we would have signed him before he put much mileage on his arm.

  • bonestock94

    At least Japan is retaining some talent. We’ll get him after we find out if he’s good or not, haha.

  • HC

    What are the best bars in Manhattan to watch The Yanks?

  • Pingback: Yanks met with Chapman during Game Six | River Avenue Blues