Over eight seasons in Japan, left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has a 2.81 ERA and in 2017 he struck out 217 batters in 187 2/3 innings pitched (with a 1.97 ERA). That’s why the Mariners have plenty of competition for his services.
Over eight seasons in Japan, left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has a 2.81 ERA and in 2017 he struck out 217 batters in 187 2/3 innings pitched (with a 1.97 ERA). That’s why the Mariners have plenty of competition for his services. Getty Images
Over eight seasons in Japan, left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has a 2.81 ERA and in 2017 he struck out 217 batters in 187 2/3 innings pitched (with a 1.97 ERA). That’s why the Mariners have plenty of competition for his services. Getty Images

TJ Cotterill is the Seattle Mariners and MLB writer for The News Tribune. He started covering MLB full-time in 2018, but before that covered Ken Griffey Jr.’s Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay and spent seven years writing about high schools, including four as TNT’s prep sports coordinator. Born and raised in Washington.