...There has been some confusion as to why the Yomiuri Giants met with Yusei Kikuchi on Friday when they have said a number of times that they plan on using their first pick for Hisayoshi Chono. The team cleared things up when they said that the met with Kikuchi just to say hello and to explain how the draft process works.
...The Seibu Lions will apparently focus on showing off their track record with developing pitchers: Dasiuke Matsuzaka, Hideaki Wakui, Takayuki Kishi, and going back a little further than that, Kimiyasu Kudo.
...It appears the Kikuchi camp will not be accepting any contract offers as they try to keep the playing field level for both NPB and MLB clubs. MLB clubs apparently aren't feeling too happy about that though. One scout is said to have said, "How is he supposed to make any decisions if he doesn't have any concrete offers?"
And therein lies the problem. If MLB clubs were allowed to submit concrete offers, where does that leave the NPB? Should the MLB be given free reign just because there are currently no rules built into the system?
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...The Tigers will use the following three reasons to try and attract Kikuchi to their club:
- Kei Igawa's development
- The passionate fan base
- The team's determination to become Nippon Series Champs
...Senichi Hoshino appeared on a weekly news program called News Zero and made an appeal to Kikuchi:
"I'm in full agreement of him playing in Japan until he earns his international FA option to go to the Majors. Japan can't become some feeder system for the Majors. I'd like for him to learn all the basics in Japan before moving on."
...TBS is considering a move to televise the press conference where Kikuchi intends to announce his future intentions.