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31 18.4 557 29 The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to terms with outfielder and first baseman Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Topkins adds that the deal will be worth roughly million over two years in addition to the posting fee of around .4 million.  The Rays already have lefty hitters Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows, Ji-Man Choi, Kevin Kiermaier and Joey Wendle in the fold, so they figure to be tough on right-handed pitching in 2020.  .295/.393/.596 2018
25.3 24 Tsutsugo will probably strike out quite a bit in the U.S. major leagues, but he should be steady purveyor of walks and home runs — i.e., more than enough to make up for some swing and miss. Defensively, he’s not going to be an asset. He can man the outfield corners and first base, but he may be best utilized as a DH. As an American League team, the Rays can do just that. Third base is also a very occasional possibility. As Topkin notes, Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash and some members of the front office attended Tsutsugo’s private workout during the Winter Meetings in San Diego.  89 So the Rays are getting a hitter with tremendous patience and outstanding pop from the left side of the plate. Speaking of which, here’s a taste of that power from the World Baseball Classic:  580 2017 44

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