Los Angeles Dodgers acquire Yoshi Tsutsugo in trade with Tampa Bay Rays

Apr 20, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo (25) at bat in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers added some bench depth this weekend, acquiring corner infielder Yoshi Tsutsugo in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tsutsugo, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Rays on Tuesday. Tampa Bay will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations in the deal.

The move follows the reported Dodgers’ deal to sign slugger Albert Pujols, which is expected to become official early this week. Pujols, 41, cleared waivers on Thursday after being designated for assignment by the Los Angeles Angels last week.

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A .285 career hitter in Japan, Tsutsugo was batting just .167 with a .462 OPS in 26 games this season. He had four doubles, five RBIs and 27 strikeouts.

Tsutsugo was scheduled to make $7 million in the second year of a two-year, $12 million deal with Tampa Bay. The Rays will be responsible for his full salary minus the prorated league minimum paid by the Dodgers.

–Field Level Media