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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Rays Designate Yoshi Tsutsugo For Assignment

The Rays announced Tuesday that they’ve designated struggling first baseman/outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment. He’s in the second season of a two-year, $12MM contract that represented a relatively sizable investment for the cost-conscious Rays. They’ll now have a week to trade him, pass him through waivers or release him. Corner infielder Kevin Padlo is up from Triple-A Durham in his place.

Tsutsugo, 29, was a prominent slugger with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, batting .285/.382/.528 in parts of 10 seasons — including a .293/.402/.574 slash with 139 home runs in the four years leading up to his free agency.

He struggled in 2020 with the Rays but at least showed off some of that power, slugging eight long balls, five doubles and a triple in 185 trips to the plate last summer. That power has completely evaporated in 2021, however, as Tsutsugo has just four doubles and no home runs through his first 87 plate appearances.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2021 at 04:51 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: May 11, 2021 at 05:17 PM (#6018348)
Meanwhile Nate Lowe is hitting 288/377/482, 141 OPS+ for Texas. Ji-Man Choi is still around but has been on the IL all year.

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