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What to Expect from New Ray Yoshitomo Tsutsugo But Brandon Belt, Kyle Schwarber and even our own Ji-Man Choi are full time players, and with another left handed bat, it seems difficult to find at bats for everyone. We all know that the MLB is the highest level, and players that do come up from NPB and KBO do have some struggles against MLB caliber pitching.

Here's the current state of the Rays roster The addition of Yoshitomo Tsutsugo leaves nearly $14 million to spend.

Stu Colored Glasses: Kris Bryant Rays’ next Charlie Morton? It is so much more than simply being cheap. It can be frustrating for fans to watch free agents flock to New York and Boston with their pockets filled with riches that rival Bilbo's, but this is the methodology that allows the financially-restricted Rays to strike when they find the right deal.

Tampa Bay Rays: How does Yoshitomo Tsutsugo fit in the lineup? The issue is - does he fit with the Rays? Tsutsugo certainly has some traits that the organization wants from an offensive standpoint in that he can get on base and can hit home runs. And, he can theoretically play multiple positions on defense, as he has experience at first, third, and both corner outfield positions.

Tampa Bay Rays, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo finalizing two-year, $12-Million deal Just when you thought that the Baseball Winter Meetings would be uneventful for Tampa Bay…well, save for the ramblings of their attention-starved owner, news broke Friday that the Rays are finalizing a contract with Japanese slugging 1B/OF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.

Tampa Bay Rays Add Power Bat in Japanese Slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are finalizing a two-year, $12 million with Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who had quite the decorated 10-year career in the Nippon Professional Baseball League. In the last four years the 28-year old has hit at least 25 home runs, including 44 bombs in 2016 and 38 more in 2018.

Checking Boxes: What the Rays still need after signing Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Now that the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Japanese slugger and on-base machine, Tsutsugo, what are the most pressing needs?

Rays sign OF/INF/DH - slugger, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Japanese Slugger, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo to a two-year contract, making him the 4th highest paid player on the '20 roster.

Tampa Bay Rays Sign Japanese Outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. The deal is for two years and 12 million dollars. Tsutsugo is the second outfielder the Rays have added this offseason. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is a left-handed hitting outfielder who has played 10 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

Tampa Bay Rays reportedly signing LF/3B Yoshitomo Tsutsugo to two-year deal According to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Bay Rays are closing in on a two year deal with Japanese outfielder, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo. Draysbay writer Homin Lee has been all over the Rays pursuit of Tsutsugo, saying the Rays should be interested back in November.

Report: Tampa Bay Rays finalizing two-year deal with OF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo - TSN.ca The Tampa Bay Rays are finalizing a two-year, $12 million deal with Japanese slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo according to a report by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Finalizing Two-Year Contract The Rays are finalizing a two-year contract with Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The contract being discussed would guarantee the first baseman / outfielder about $12MM total, per Topkin. MLB Network's Jon Heyman indicates that a deal has been agreed upon.

Rays Free Agent Targets: Shogo Akiyama and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo Last November, when I wrote about the top Japanese free agents who could interest the Rays, it was early in the offseason, and I didn't know how interested the Rays would be about them.

View from the Catwalks: Rule 5, more like Snooze 5, amirite?!? I’m being informed that I am not right. Also, Rays leave Winter Meetings without a deal but with some strong leads.

Tampa Bay Rays: A harsh reality The Winter Meetings are wrapped up, but talk about the Tampa Bay Rays is once again centered around the stadium issue and I think it's time we just flat out say it, things are not good. So why is the stadium talk once again getting attention.

2020 DRaysBay Community Prospect List: How and when to vote A brief primer for our annual exercise in prospect ranking, which begins Monday.

Royals select Rays RHP Stephen Woods Jr. in Rule 5 draft The Winter Meetings concluded with the Rule 5 draft Thursday, and for the second straight season, the Royals found a Rays pitcher they liked, selecting Charlotte righty Stephen Woods Jr. Woods has to remain on the Royals' active roster for an entire season or be offered back to the Rays.

Tampa has a new mayor and a new opportunity to woo the Rays And that's where Castor comes in. Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan led the effort for years but was never able to build much momentum among either the corporate or political establishment. Castor has that ability. And the clout. She can start by calling outgoing Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill.

Tampa Bay Rays lose Stephen Woods Jr in Rule 5 Draft 2019: Stephen Woods to the Kansas City Royals. Geesh…Royals, you are peskier than Mel Brooks is to the poor people of Rottingham… Leave us alone Royals! After missing all of 2018 with a shoulder injury, Woods went 9-3 with a 1.88 ERA in 18 High-A games last year.

Matt Silverman: Would be "better and easier" to move the Rays to another city His most recent featured Rays President Matt Silverman, who shed light on what his conversations are like at the Winter Meetings, where the focus invariably comes back to the proposed split-city plan with Montreal. Here is how Silverman attempted to clarify the team's position yesterday afternoon:.

CL Tampa Bay's annual Holiday Auction is back, here's what's up for grabs Over the past 10 years, CL has raised more than $200,000 for Children's Home Network, a haven for neglected children and a resource for families throughout Tampa Bay-and the mission is to raise even more. All items are up for bid now through December 19, check out the full auction list below.

The Rays need more offense. Here are six players who could provide it. Run prevention is great, but someone on the 2020 Rays needs to hit.

What will be covered So what teams will be covered on this blog? First and foremost is USF. It's my bread and butter and area that I know about the most. From football to the soccer programs, I bleed green and gold, so expect lot of USF coverage on the blog. After that, it will be the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa City Council set to tangle over urban blight, again TAMPA - For most of her nearly eight months in office, Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa City Council members have wrestled over who will control the city's eight community redevelopment areas. On Thursday morning, they tackle the issue again.

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