SP - FA
Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi declined a player option that would have kept him in Seattle on a one-year, $13 million deal. Instead, he'll explore free agency this offseason.
2021 was a tale of two halves for Kikuchi, who went 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and .204 OBA prior to the All-Star break before going 1-4 with a 5.98 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and .300 OBA during the back half of the season.
Yusei Kikuchi has declined his one-year player option worth $13 million. He will become a free agent.
Kikuchi had a pretty good year for the Mariners. He finished his season with a 4.41 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 9.3 K/9. It is not clear where he'll head going into next season.
Mariners manager Scott Servais announced after Monday's game that Tyler Anderson will get the start on Tuesday against Oakland instead of Yusei Kikuchi.
It was expected after Servais would not confirm Tuesday's starting pitcher. Kikuchi has struggled mightily the second half of the year after a strong first half, especially this month where he has posted a 7.82 ERA in four starts. Servais did say Kikuchi could be available out of the bullpen.
Yusei Kikuchi took the no-decision on Thursday against Oakland, allowing three runs on three hits over three innings with three strikeouts and four walks.
Kikuchi needed 72 pitches to get through the three innings. With his recent struggles, Seattle manager Scott Servais would not commit to Kikuchi in his next turn in the rotation when asked about him after the game on Thursday. This could be a situation to monitor.
Yusei Kikuchi took the loss on Saturday against the Royals, allowing three runs on eight hits over three innings with three strikeouts.
It was a rough outing for Kikuchi, needing 86 pitches to get through three innings. It has been a rough overall second half of the season for Kikuchi.