Pirates Have a Deal in Place with Yoshi Tsutsugo

According to Jason Mackey, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a deal in place with 1B/OF Yoshi Tsutsugo for one year at $4M. The deal is pending a physical.

The 30-year-old Tsutsugo joined the Pirates mid-season in 2021 as a free agent signing. He originally came to the U.S. with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020, but he struggled both last year and this year, while spending part of the 2021 season in Triple-A. He also saw time in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He did much better after joining the Pirates, though his numbers dropped off over the final three weeks. He had a 1.117 OPS in his first 22 games with the Pirates and a .698 OPS in his final 21 games. His overall slash line in two seasons stands at .209/.309/.388 in 132 games, with a -0.3 WAR during that time. Adding a universal DH in 2022 would help his case because his defense is well below average.

Jason Mackey was also on top of news earlier, as the Pirates plan to use Mike Rabelo as the third base coach in 2022. He was already on the coaching staff as an assistant hitting coach.