Sources report Japanese left-hander Yusei Kikuchi agrees to deal with Mariners

Japanese free-agent left-hander Yusei Kikuchi has agreed to a deal with the Seattle Mariners, according to several sources.

Kikuchi, 27, was free to sign with any major league he chose, but he had to agree to a deal before Wednesday to comply with rules about the transfer of players between MLB and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. The Giants had been among the teams interested in Kikuchi, who reportedly was interested in the Giants also.

In eight seasons with the Seibu Lions, Kikuchi was 73-46 with a 2.77 ERA and 903 strikeouts in 1,0102/3 innings.

Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported that Kikuchi’s deal is for three years with both team and player options in the fourth year. He’ll earn $43 million over the first three years of the contract, and Heyman reports that the Mariners can then choose to extend Kikuchi for $66 million over the 2022-25 seasons, for a contract worth seven years and $109 million.

If the Mariners don’t exercise this extension, Kikuchi can exercise a player option for 2022 that would be worth $13 million.

•Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, 34, has agreed to a deal with the Yankees, pending a physical, according to

Tulowitzki, a Sunnyvale native and a five-time All-Star, could be signed for the league minimum because he had been released by the Blue Jays with two years and $38 million left on his contract.

He did not play in the majors last season because of bone spurs in his heels, and missed much of the 2017 season with ankle and hamstring ailments. In his 12 major-league seasons, he’s appeared in 155 or more games once, in 2007.

With the Rockies, where he spent his first 9½ seasons, Tulowitzki hit .299 with 188 home runs and 657 RBIs.


Spurs’ Kane nets milestone

Harry Kane’s third-minute goal set Tottenham Hotspurs on its way to a 3-0 win at Cardiff, ensuring the striker has scored against all 28 Premier League teams he has faced.

Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min also netted first-half goals as Tottenham moved back into second place, a point above Manchester City and six behind Liverpool. City and Liverpool meet on Thursday.

Kane needed luck as Cardiff defender Sean Morrison tried to clear the ball but it struck Kane’s midriff and dribbled over the goal line.

It was Kane’s 14th league goal, moving him alongside Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang atop the scoring list and one above current Golden Boot holder Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool forward.

•In other Premier League matches, Arsenal bounced back from its mauling by Liverpool by easing past Fulham 4-1. … Jamie Vardy scored the Premier League’s first goal of 2019 to earn Leicester a 1-0 win at Everton.

Skiing: Petra Vlhova of Slovakia took advantage of her height to beat World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin in both runs of the final and win a parallel slalom city event in Oslo.

Tennis: Andy Murray, 31, returned to competition for the first time since September, taking the last four games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane International in Australia.

•Venus Williams rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, in what she called one of the toughest first-round matches of her career.

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