Report: Pirates re-signing Tsutsugo to 1-year, $4M deal
The deal is reportedly pending a physical.
Tsutsugo, 29, finished last season with the Pirates after being traded by the Tampa Bay Rays and subsequently released by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .268/.347/.535 with eight homers over 43 games with Pittsburgh.
The Rays initially signed Tsutsugo to a two-year, $12-million deal as an international free agent out of Japan. But Tampa Bay designated the slugger for assignment and eventually sent him to the Dodgers for cash considerations after he posted a .628 OPS over 77 games.
Tsutsugo went 3-for-25 with six walks in 12 games with L.A. before the Dodgers released him. He made appearances in both corner outfield spots and at first base while primarily playing right after signing with the Pirates.