Report: Rays agree to deal with Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

Japanese outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $12-million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand added that the Rays will also have to pay a $2.4-million posting fee to acquire Tsutsugo.

Tsutsugo, 28, is a left-handed hitter who had 29 home runs with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan this season.

Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reported during the recent MLB owners meetings that the Blue Jays had inquired about his services.

The White Sox, Twins, Tigers and Dodgers are some of the other teams who had reportedly been interested in Tsutsugo.

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