Ryosuke Kikuchi Puts Hat in the Post Me Ring

The Hiroshima Carp’s Ryosuke Kikuchi signed a contract for the 2019 season. According to sources identified in YakyuDB he indicated a wish to be posted for the major leagues before he earns his international free agent option. Next year he will earn his domestic free agency and if he stays healthy he will earn his international free agency after the 2021 season. He will turn 29 before the start of the 2019 season.

Last year Kikuchi had his worst season since his rookie year, hitting only .233 with a .301 OBA. His OPS was only .656. He has made the All Star team five times, but that is mainly for his defensive play. He has had two seasons in which he has hit over .300 (2014 and 2016). Myworld does not see him attracting much interest unless he improves his numbers.

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