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Report: Blue Jays sign LHP Yusei Kikuchi

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Sep 18, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi (18) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi (18) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Blue Jays signed left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a three-year, $36 million contract, MLB Network reported Saturday.

Kikuchi, 30, spent the past three seasons with the Seattle Mariners, posting a 15-24 record with a 4.97 ERA over 70 games, all starts. He walked 132 batters and struck out 326 over 365.2 innings.

Last season, Kikuchi was 7-9 with a 4.41 ERA in 157 innings, striking out a career-high 163.

Before the lockout, the Blue Jays bolstered their pitching rotation by signing one of the top free-agent starters, Kevin Gausman, to a five-year, $110 million deal.

–Field Level Media