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Yusei Kikuchi to submit letter of intent on 10/5; negotations to begin on 10/6

by on Oct.01, 2009 @ 6:23 am, under High School

Yusei Kikuchi will be submitting his letter of intent on October 5th, 2009.

That means he could start talking to clubs as early as 10/6.

"[Kikuchi] will be submitting his letter of intent on the 4th.  After that, he'll start talking to any club that wants to see him," said Hanamaki Higashi baseball head Hiroyuki Sasuga.

Kikuchi and his manager will submit a letter of intent to the Iwate Prefecture High School Baseball Association and on the same day, in the afternoon, hold a press conference.

"The manager will listen to what the clubs have to say.  I'm sure Kikuchi will be attending the meetings as well.  They'll start with the Japanese teams first.  And then they'll move onto the MLB teams," said Sasuga.

Every NPB team other than the Yomiuri Giants have expressed interest in Kikuchi.  From the Majors: 12 clubs including the Dodgers, Mariners, Cubs, Mets, Rangers, Indians, Giants, and Yankees.

Kikuchi will be returning to his home in Morioka City on the 3rd and 4th to discuss his future plans with his parents.

=== UPDATE 10/1/2009 @ 7:20am JST

Sponichi is reporting that Kikuchi may not make any formal decisions about where he'll be going until later in the month, perhaps not until after the 20th.  With 20+ clubs interested in Kikuchi, it could take up to 2 weeks before he's finished talking to them all.

Back in 2001, Hayato Terahara (YOK) drew interest from 10 different ball clubs from the US and Japan and it took him 11 days to meet up with each of them.