The Pirates are reportedly re-signing Yoshi Tsutsugo on a one-year, $4MM assure. The deal is pending a bodily. Tsutsugo is represented by Wasserman.
The Bucs and Tsutsugo have been in touch a couple of potential extension over the previous few weeks, so it’s not an enormous shock they’ve finally agreed on phrases. After stints with the Rays and Dodgers didn’t show significantly profitable, Tsutsugo latched on with the Pirates on a significant league deal in mid-August. It was a month-plus trial run with a workforce already properly out of competition, however Pittsburgh might afford to provide Tsutsugo on a regular basis taking part in time down the stretch.
The left-handed hitting first baseman took full benefit, as MLBTR’s Steve Adams explored in late September. Over 144 plate appearances in black and yellow, Tsutsugo hit .268/.347/.535 and popped eight dwelling runs. Along with tapping into the uncooked energy he’d proven for a decade as one of many higher hitters in Japan’s Nippon Skilled Baseball, Tsutsugo reduce his strikeouts considerably in Pittsburgh. After fanning in 29.4% of his 303 plate appearances with Tampa Bay and Los Angeles from 2020-21, he went down on strikes in solely 22.9% of his journeys to the dish as a Pirate.
It stays to be seen if that run was an indication that Tsutsugo had turned a nook late in his second main league season. There’s an actual likelihood he can’t maintain that form of output over greater than a 43-game pattern, and Tsutsugo’s general numbers as an enormous leaguer (.209/.309/.388 in 447 plate appearances) aren’t significantly spectacular. At a modest $4MM assure, although, there’s little danger for the Pirates in giving the 29-year-old (30 on Friday) a chance to attempt to construct off his late-season success over an prolonged displaying. If he continues to carry out over subsequent season’s first couple months, the rebuilding Bucs might both look to hammer out a longer-term extension or attempt to transfer him at subsequent summer season’s commerce deadline.
Tsutsugo has expertise at each first base and within the nook outfield as an enormous leaguer. When discussing the potential of bringing him again final week, Pittsburgh normal supervisor Ben Cherington suggested the membership would primarily look to deploy him at first base if a deal got here collectively. Now that an extension has been agreed upon, it appears Tsutsugo is in line to imagine common first base duties subsequent season.
That would make fellow lefty-hitting first baseman Colin Moran superfluous. Moran, who was a league common bat over 359 plate appearances in 2021, is projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz for a $4MM arbitration wage and could possibly be a non-tender candidate.
Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported the Pirates and Tsutsugo had been in settlement on a one-year, $4MM deal.
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