By: Matt Pereira @MattyP421
The Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing a 2 year, roughly 12 million dollar contract for Japanese Power Hitter Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
The cartilaginous fishes will have to pay his former Yokohama team roughly 2.4 million as a release fee. The obvious thought is to bring him in for his bat, and could contribute in multiple areas such as DH, 3B and outfield. The 28-year-old brings a powerful left handed bat to this already solid roster.
In 2010, at the age of 18 he started playing for Yokohama. He has a career OBP of .382, has averaged over 30 home runs and over 90 RBI’s the past 5 years. If that success (or even close to it) can continue in the Major’s this would be an enormous boost of offense for the Rays.
With the addition of Tsutsugo, the Rays now have lefty batters in Nate Lowe, Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi, Austin Meadows, Joey wendle and Kevin Kiermaier. This could be a problem for right handed pitching in 2020. (Instert eyeball emoji) Definitely something to keep an eye on.