The Dodgers picked up Yoshi Tsutsugo from the Rays in hopes of helping him find his swing again. While in Japan, Tsutsugo mashed the ball consistently for almost 10 years. His brief experience with Major League Baseball has not gone nearly as well.
Dave Roberts talked about the acquisition earlier this week. According to him, the Dodgers have already seen something in his swing they can work on. Los Angeles has a long history of reinventing position players and changing their careers at the plate. The hope is that Tsutsugo can be their next success story.
That project starts tonight in Los Angels. The Dodgers are starting Yoshi out in leftfield to face off against the Diamondbacks in game 2 of their series. Tsutsugo logged over 100 innings in left for the Rays in 2020.
Tsutsugo’s time with the Rays was brief and disappointing. He slashed .187/.292/.336 through parts of 2 seasons and 77 total games. But it did seem like Tampa Bay gave up on him much faster than anticipated. The Dodgers scooped him up this weekend in a deal that will include a player to be named later.