Baseball: Blue Jays reach 3-year deal with lefty Kikuchi: reports

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The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi reached an agreement on a three-year, $36 million deal, according to multiple reports.

MLB.com said Saturday a source confirmed the Blue Jays made the first major post-lockout move by signing the 30-year-old, although it has not yet been announced by the club.

Kikuchi will reportedly earn $16 million in 2022 and $10 million in each of the 2023 and 2024 seasons.

The former Seibu Lions star reportedly turned down a $13 million player option to return to Seattle.

Kikuchi went 7-9 with a 4.41 ERA in 157 innings over 29 starts in a 2021 season in which he was selected to the all-star game but faded down the stretch. Over his three seasons in the MLB, Kikuchi is 15-24 with a 4.97 ERA in 70 starts.