Yusei Kikuchi

Yusei Kikuchi

SP - TOR
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210 lbs
Age: 32
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Toronto Blue Jays

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The ScoreGausman: Jays won't 'be together for much longer' if we don't play better

Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman offered a realistic and harsh take about his team's situation following Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the last-place Chicago White Sox."The reality is if we don't play well, this team will not be together for much longer," the pitcher said, according to the Toronto Sun's Rob Longley. "It might make another year. It might make another year-and-a-half. It might take a couple of months. That's just the reality."The Blue Jays (21-26) are performing below expectations through the first 47 games of the season. They made the playoffs in three out of the last four campaigns but presently sit last in a highly competitive AL East and are 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the last wild-card spot.Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins recently admitted there is "a massive sense of urgency" to right the ship, and Gausman seems to agree, mentioning the Blue Jays have a lot of ground to make up because of the hole into which they've dug themselves."We really have to play our asses off," Gausman said. "It s the reality of what we need to do. If you look at the big picture right now, there's not much to be happy about."The Blue Jays have baseball's toughest remaining schedule, according to ESPN, which could force their front office to make some hard decisions ahead of the trade deadline if their play doesn't improve.Toronto has a number of players eligible for free agency at the end of this season, including Yusei Kikuchi, Danny Jansen, Justin Turner, Yimi Garc a, Trevor Richards, and Kevin Kiermaier. A rival executive recently said the Blue Jays have talked to teams about trading Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, although the executive called the asking prices "ridiculous." Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The ScoreRival exec: Jays have talked about trading Vlad, Bo

It's been a rough start to 2024 for the Toronto Blue Jays, and that may already have them thinking about the future.An anonymous rival executive told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the Blue Jays have "talked to teams about" potentially trading first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette before this year's deadline. The executive hinted that no deals are imminent, though, as he characterized their asking prices as "ridiculous."Guerrero and Bichette have served as the Blue Jays' cornerstones since they arrived in the majors together in 2019. However, they're on track to become free agents after next season, and there hasn't seemed to be any traction toward extensions with either player. Toronto could potentially get slightly more in return if it traded one or both this summer, given the acquiring team would have them for parts of two seasons instead of just one.Both players are off to slow starts in 2024, though. Guerrero, who hit an MLB-best 48 home runs in 2021, has hit just four this year while posting a .775 OPS in 46 games. However, his hard-hit metrics have spiked compared to last year's downturn, and he's also been hot of late, hitting .404 since May 1.Bichette, meanwhile, is hitting a career-worst .230/.289/.333 with two homers and 16 RBIs. The two-time AL hits leader has also been showing signs of a turnaround, though, sporting a .819 OPS since being moved down in the order May 4.The Blue Jays, who entered this season with expectations of a third straight playoff berth, have stumbled to a 21-25 start and sit last in the always competitive AL East. The team has made the playoffs three times with Guerrero and Bichette on the roster, but have never advanced beyond the wild-card series. The franchise last won a playoff game in 2016.Other Blue Jays players who could interest contenders should they decide to sell include left-hander Yusei Kikuchi and catcher Danny Jansen, who are off to fantastic starts in the final years of their respective contracts.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The ScoreRival exec: Jays have 'talked to teams about' trading Vlad, Bo

It's been a rough start to 2024 for the Toronto Blue Jays, and that may already have them thinking about the future.An anonymous rival executive told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the Blue Jays have "talked to teams about" potentially trading first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette before this year's deadline. The executive hinted that no deals are imminent, though, as he characterized their asking prices as "ridiculous."Guerrero and Bichette have served as the Blue Jays' cornerstones since they arrived in the majors together in 2019. However, they're on track to become free agents after next season, and there hasn't seemed to be any traction toward extensions with either player. Toronto could potentially get slightly more in return if it traded one or both this summer, given the acquiring team would have them for parts of two seasons instead of just one.Both players are off to slow starts in 2024, though. Guerrero, who hit an MLB-best 48 home runs in 2021, has hit just four this year while posting a .775 OPS in 46 games. However, his hard-hit metrics have spiked compared to last year's downturn, and he's also been hot of late, hitting .404 since May 1.Bichette, meanwhile, is hitting a career-worst .230/.289/.333 with two homers and 16 RBIs. The two-time AL hits leader has also been showing signs of a turnaround, though, sporting a .819 OPS since being moved down in the order May 4.The Blue Jays, who entered this season with expectations of a third straight playoff berth, have stumbled to a 21-25 start and sit last in the always competitive AL East. The team has made the playoffs three times with Guerrero and Bichette on the roster, but have never advanced beyond the wild-card series. The franchise last won a playoff game in 2016.Other Blue Jays players who could interest contenders should they decide to sell include left-hander Yusei Kikuchi and catcher Danny Jansen, who are off to fantastic starts in the final years of their respective contracts.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The ScoreReport: Rival exec says Jays have 'talked' about trading Vlad, Bo

It's been a rough start to 2024 for the Toronto Blue Jays, and that may already have them thinking about the future.An anonymous rival executive told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com that the Blue Jays have "talked to teams about" potentially trading first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and shortstop Bo Bichette before this year's deadline. The executive hinted that no deals are imminent, though, as he characterized their asking prices as "ridiculous."Guerrero and Bichette have served as the Blue Jays' cornerstones since they arrived in the majors together in 2019. However, they're on track to become free agents after next season, and there hasn't seemed to be any traction toward extensions with either player. Toronto could potentially get slightly more in return if it traded one or both this summer, given the acquiring team would have them for parts of two seasons instead of just one.Both players are off to slow starts in 2024, though. Guerrero, who hit an MLB-best 48 home runs in 2021, has hit just four this year while posting a .775 OPS in 46 games. However, his hard-hit metrics have spiked compared to last year's downturn, and he's also been hot of late, hitting .404 since May 1.Bichette, meanwhile, is hitting a career-worst .230/.289/.333 with two homers and 16 RBIs. The two-time AL hits leader has also been showing signs of a turnaround, though, sporting a .819 OPS since being moved down in the order May 4.The Blue Jays, who entered this season with expectations of a third straight playoff berth, have stumbled to a 21-25 start and sit last in the always competitive AL East. The team has made the playoffs three times with Guerrero and Bichette on the roster, but have never advanced beyond the wild-card series. The franchise last won a playoff game in 2016.Other Blue Jays players who could interest contenders should they decide to sell include left-hander Yusei Kikuchi and catcher Danny Jansen, who are off to fantastic starts in the final years of their respective contracts.Copyright © 2024 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Source: The Score
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Yahoo SportsFantasy Baseball Trade Analyzer: Deal Tanner Bibee, nab Yusei Kikuchi and more

Fantasy baseball analyst Fred Zinkie delivers a pitcher-centric version of his trade analyzer this week.

Source: Yahoo Sports
Wednesday, May 15, 2024


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