The Pirates are re-signing first baseman/corner outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Twitter link). It’s a one-year, $4MM guarantee, per the report. The deal is pending a physical.
The Bucs and Tsutsugo have been in contact about a potential extension over the past few weeks, so it’s not a huge surprise they’ve eventually agreed on terms. After stints with the Rays and Dodgers didn’t prove particularly successful, Tsutsugo latched on with the Pirates on a major league deal in mid-August. It was a month-plus trial run with a team already well out of contention, but Pittsburgh afford Tsutsugo everyday playing time down the stretch.
The left-handed hitting first baseman took full advantage, 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 home runs. In addition to tapping into the raw power he’d shown for a decade as one of the better hitters in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, Tsutsugo cut his strikeouts substantially in Pittsburgh. After fanning in 29.4% of his 303 plate appearances with Tampa Bay and Los Angeles, he went down on strikes in only 22.9% of his trips to the dish as a Pirate.
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