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.
Source: #Dodgers showing interest in LF Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, who is viewed by many as a better fit for the American League. Tsutsugo faces a Dec. 19 deadline to sign in @MLB after being posted by the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of NPB, for whom he hit 29 HR this year. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2019
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.