The Pirates will rehire Yoshi Tsutsugo

The Pittsburgh Pirates will re-sign Japanese hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo for the 2022 MLB season.

Indeed, according to reports, the Pirates will rehire Tsutsugo for a year and 4 million dollars, although the agreement is pending finalization with the physical examination of the Japanese player.

The deal is pending a physical exam.

The Buccaneers and Tsutsugo have been in contact about a possible extension for the past few weeks, so it’s not a huge surprise that they have finally agreed on the terms.

After the seasons with the Rays and Dodgers were not particularly successful, Tsutsugo latched onto the Pirates in a major league deal in mid-August.

It was a test run of more than a month with a team already out of contention, but Pittsburgh could afford to give Tsutsugo daily playing time down the stretch.

In 144 plate appearances with the Pirates, Tsutsugo hit .268 / .347 / .535 and hit eight home runs.

In addition to harnessing the raw power he had demonstrated for a decade as one of the best hitters in Japan’s Nippon professional baseball, Tsutsugo cut his strikeouts substantially at Pittsburgh. After fanning 29.4% of his 303 plate appearances with Tampa Bay and Los Angeles from 2020-2021, he fell to strikes in just 22.9% of his plate trips as a Pirate.

Tsutsugo has experience in both first base and corner outfield as a major league player.

When the possibility of bringing him back was discussed last week, Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington suggested that the club would primarily seek to deploy him at first base if a deal is reached.

Now that an extension has been agreed to, it appears Tsutsugo is in line to take on his regular first base duties next season.

Author: Carlos Quijada

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