The Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to sign first baseman/outfielder Yosi Tsutsugo, according to multiple media reports, the first by Yuki Yamada of Sankei Sports.
#筒香嘉智 選手はパイレーツ移籍が決定。月曜からパイレーツの一員として、ロサンゼルスでのドジャース戦に臨みます。#YoshiTsutsugo who was released from the OKC #Dodgers, will sign with the #Pirates and face his former team, the Dodgers from Monday. Source confirmed to Sankei Sports.
— 山田結軌⚾️サンスポMLB記者🇺🇸 (@mlbkishayamada) August 15, 2021
Tsutusgo, 29, has spent time with both the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers this year and can play both corners of the infield and has played in left field as well.
The Tampa Bay Rays signed the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Tsutsugo through the MLB posting system in 2019. He made his MLB debut with the Rays in 2020 and played 51 games for them last season, hitting .197/.314/.395.
He was designated for assignment in May after struggling early this season and traded to the Dodgers for cash.
YOSHI! Tsutsugo gets his first Major League hit by sending this ball to the seats! pic.twitter.com/geZqLANoPZ
— DRaysBay (@draysbay) July 25, 2020
After being traded to the Dodgers, he provided some definite pop in his bat. His ISO is .250, and he has hit for 17 extra base hits (10 home runs, seven doubles) in 118 plate appearances.
Yoshi Tsutsugo hit his 10th homer for OKC, he's 3/4 so far tonight pic.twitter.com/x56gFC2IbP
— Josh Thomas (@jokeylocomotive) August 10, 2021
Tsutsugo was released Saturday by the Dodgers. Tsutsugo’s main issue has been his strikeout numbers. In 2021, Tsutsugo has struck out a combined 39 times.
There has been no word yet on where he will be assigned, and if he has agreed to Major League or Minor League contract.