The Tampa Bay Rays are adding a much-needed power bat to their lineup. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are finalizing a two-year, $12 million with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who had quite the decorated 10-year career in the Nippon Professional Baseball League.
In the last four years the 28-year old has hit at least 25 home runs, including 44 bombs in 2016 and 38 more in 2018. He was a career .284 hitter in Japan. Tsutsugo also posted a career .382 on-base percentage.
BREAKING: #Rays finalizing deal to sign Japanese OF/INF/DH Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, a lefty power bat. Two-year deal would be in range of $12M, plus posting fee (about another $2.4M)
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 13, 2019
After trading Tommy Pham to the San Diego Padres earlier this month, Tsutsugo provides the Rays with a lot of versatility, just as Pham did. The Japanese utility man can play both corner outfield positions and third base. If need be, Tsutsugo can also serve as a designed hitter, giving manager Kevin Cash multiple ways he can use the phenom.
His production in Japan never faltered, posting consistent numbers each and every season. He hit 205 home runs over 10 seasons in…