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Kikuchi faces tough decision on future

TOKYO -- Japanese schoolboy Yusei Kikuchi
may leave the decision on whether to sign a multi-million dollar
deal with a Major League Baseball club up to his parents.

After completing meetings with eight MLB clubs and all 12
Japanese domestic teams, the 18-year-old pitcher said he was
flummoxed about what to do.

"I can't decide if I should stay or go," Kikuchi told
reporters on Tuesday after talks with officials from the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Cleveland Indians.

"Both America and Japan have great leagues. I was confused
enough before the meetings."

Kikuchi, whose fastball has been clocked at 96 mph, spoke to
representatives from MLB and Japanese clubs over four days at
his Hanamaki Higashi high school in Iwate, northern Japan.

His school coach admitted the left-hander's parents would
get the casting vote.

"We won't get a decision today or tomorrow," said Hiroshi
Sasaki. "Hopefully we will decide by the beginning of next week
after consulting with his mum and dad."

Kikuchi held talks with the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles
Dodgers, Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants on Monday.

Japanese baseball officials have requested Kikuchi not
consider any offer from MLB clubs before Japan's amateur draft
on Oct. 29.

Last year, Junichi Tazawa snubbed the Japanese draft and
joined Boston from Nippon Oil's corporate team -- the first such
move by a top Japanese amateur player.

The Red Sox also have marquee pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who
arrived at Fenway Park in 2007 on a $103 million deal.