* The Baltimore Orioles have been attempting to send their GM Dan Duquette north to Canada for a package which includes the Blue Jays third over-all prospect Jeff Hoffman. Instead, the O’s signed Casey Haerther from the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association. ….
O’s sign Goldeyes Haerther
By Devon Teeple
The Baltimore Orioles have signed Winnipeg Goldeyes slugger, Casey Haerther,the independent American Association announced.
Haerther, who is entering his seventh pro season, was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth round of the 2009 June draft from University of California. His first four years were spent in the Angels minor league system.
He eventually made it up to Double A in 2012. In his four years with the Angels, he hit .298. After having spent the last two years with the Independent Goldeyes, Haerther is getting a second chance at affiliated ball.
In his first year with Winnipeg, Haerther hit a healthy .307 with 10 home runs and 66 RBI in 97 games. 2014 would eventually be his coming out party. He tied for the team lead in average (.360), also good for second in the league, and his 72 RBI were second on the team (seventh in the league).
El Samurai signs with the Wingnuts: Abroad, many may not know who Álex Cabrera is. Internationally, he is one of the most dangerous hitters in recent memory.
Cabrera started his career back in 1991 at 19. His stint with the Wichita Wingnuts will be his first stop in North America since he donned the Arizona Diamondbacks uniform in 2000. In his 31 major-league games, he batted .263 with five home runs and 14 RBIs. In his first major-league at bat he hit a home run.
When you take a look at his minor league numbers they’re as good as anyone’s. In 2000, the same year he made his major league debut, he split time between rookie-class Diamondbacks, double-A El Paso and triple-A Tuscon. In 76 games, El Samurai batted .353 with 39 home runs and drove in 94. He slugged .851 and posted a 1.251 OPS.
After his run with the D-Backs, Cabrera spent 12 seasons in Japan playing for three different clubs: seven seasons with the Seibu Lions, three with the Orix Buffaloes and two with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.
OurSports Central reports that Cabrera, who is entering his 22nd year in pro ball, has hit over 450 home runs, driven in over 1,270 and amassed 1,861 hits.