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Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be officially introduced at Tropicana Field

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MLB: ALDS-Houston Astros at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rays news

  • Tampa Bay continues to be the place to come to rebuild your free agency value. After Travis d’Arnaud turned a good three-quarters of a season into 2 years/$16 million with the Braves, Avisaíl Garcia has turned a 2019 in which he slashed .282/.332/.464 with decent defense and baserunning into 2 years/$20 million with the Milwaukee Brewers. Good thing the Rays don’t need right handed batters.

Surprised by the size of the contract? You are not alone:

And Garcia and his agent appear to have some thoughts about the ability of players to earn in the future:

  • The Rays have finalized the signing of OF/3B Yoshitomo Tsutsugo; he’ll be introduced today at Tropicana Field. He has certainly gotten a lot of fans excited in his native Japan.

  • Here’s a fun retrospective courtesy of Steve Carney:

Rays in the community:

  • The team has a schedule of holiday-themed community events. Rays employees will be at Daystar Life Center in St. Petersburg to pack food baskets on December 15; St. Petersburg’s Ronald McDonald house for cookie baking on the 16th; and Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs on the 18th, where they will distribute gifts donated by season ticket holders. The Pinellas Park Boys and Girls Club will also be visiting Tropicana Field to to see the Enchant Christmas display.

Around the league: