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Dodgers Showing Interest in Japanese Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

The Dodgers have an interest in the import.

The Dodgers are reportedly demonstrating a certain level of interest in Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsusugo, which appears to be an interesting fit. According to Jon Paul Morosi, Tsutsugo is a better fit for the American League than a team like the Dodgers.

The primary reason Tsutsugo is viewed as a better fit for an American League club is because of his lack of defensive ability and his power bat — something that could easily fit in at a designated hitter spot.

Tsutsugo’s asking price will probably not be very high, but he might run up against the December 19 clock on his posting expiration.

For the Yokohama DeNa BayStars of the Nippon Professional Baseball League, Tsutsugo crushed 29 home runs.

While the Dodgers’ level of interest is probably pretty preliminary, it must have been enough to be able to report on behalf of Jon Morosi.

The Dodgers’ current outfield construction would not have much room for Tsutsugo with Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo, AJ Pollock, and Cory Bellinger in the fold, but the complexion of the roster could change soon with impending trades.

This market is something to keep an eye on in the coming days even though it appears Tsutsugo will ultimately sign with a team in the American League.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Anonymous left handed batter to the left handed capital of the world? Great idea. I bet the Dodgers bat boy is left handed too. I think it’s a Dodger job requirement. Hey I’m left handed. Can I get a job too.

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