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Tampa Bay Rays sign Japanese power hitter Yoshitomo Tsutsugo to 2-year deal

Posted: 1:01 PM, Dec 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-13 13:01:07-05
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The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, ESPN reports.

The Rays will also reportedly have to pay a posting fee of $2.4 million to his current Japanese team.

Tsutsugo hit .272 with 29 homers and 79 RBIs this year playing for Yokohama of Japan's Central League.

Tsutsugo has played a few different positions, including left field and first base.

The 28-year-old has played in Japan for 10 years, with his best season coming in 2016 when he hit 44 home runs and 110 RBI.

Tampa Bay Times Beat Writer Marc Topkin reports that the Rays attended a workout in San Diego that Tsutsugo participated in during the winter meetings earlier this month.