August 3, 2021

Rays, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Finalizing Contract (MLB Trade Rumors)

The Rays are finalizing a two-year contract with Japanese first baseman/outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (via Twitter). The contract being discussed would guarantee the slugger about $12MM total, per Topkin. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman indicates that a deal has been agreed upon (Twitter links).

Because he was posted by the Yokohama DeNa Bay Stars and is not a pure free agency, Tsutsugo would require the Rays to pay a posting/release fee to his former team. Under the current iteration of that system, teams owe a fee equal to 20 percent of a player’s first $25MM in guarantees to his former team. That’d be $2.4MM on a $12MM contract, meaning a deal of this type for Tsutsugo would cost the Rays a total of about $14.4MM.

Tsutsugo, who turned 28 on Nov. 26, has been one of Japan’s most prominent sluggers for the past four seasons, hitting a combined .293/.402/.574 with 139 home runs, 116 doubles, five triples, a 15.1 percent walk rate and a 20.4…

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