The early morning TV news program just flashed the front page of the early morning Sponichi and it shows a picture of Yusei Kikuchi on one side and Nolan Ryan's image on the other. According to the TV report, the paper indicates that the Texas Rangers, specifically Nolan Ryan, is really high on Kikuchi and is ready to begin negotiating with the young lefty as soon as he declares he wants to go to the Majors.
If I can get a hold of the paper, I will.
=== Update 9/30/2009 @ 7:53am JST
Sponichi posted an article online about the Rangers' interest in Kikuchi.
Here's a quote from the article by Texas Rangers Pacific Rim scout Jim Colborn:
The last tournament is over, I'd like to now ask the manager, Sasaki, to set something up so we can meet him. And we're moving forward by putting together an offer we can show him. Nolan Ryan has also seen video footage of him and is fully on board. We're hoping we can get Kikuchi to join our team.
I also managed to grab a screen shot of the newspaper in case anyone was interested: