Winter baseball is just around the corner and the Caribbean teams are working flat out. As evidence of this, this Wednesday the Águilas Cibaeñas made an important announcement that took more than one by surprise.
The club, one of the most successful in the Dominican Baseball League, made official the signing of American outfielder Cade Gout.
Cade Gotta had played the last six winter baseball seasons in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP), the first three with Bravos de Margarita and the following with Magallanes.
He also became one of the benchmarks for the Turks, with whom he was champion in the 2021-2022 contest and ended up winning the final MVP.
At the beginning of July, the outfielder himself had confirmed that he would play in the Dominican Republic, also seeking better financial stability. However, the team he would be with was not known.
"This is a great career opportunity for me, there was no way I was going to turn down the offer," Cade Gotta wrote on Instagram.
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“The announcement is bittersweet for me, because I know that I will miss playing in front of the best fans in the world… In the last three years, I have felt nothing but support and encouragement from the Magallanes fans. THANK YOU!” he added.
Without a doubt, this could be one of the most sensitive casualties that Magallanes faces for the upcoming 2022-2023 campaign, where they will try to seal a new bi-championship.
With Magallanes Cade Gotta he played 102 regular round games, in which he hit 120 hits -including 40 extra-base hits-, drove in 42 runs and left his solid average of .312 with an OPS of .889.
For life in the LVBP, he leaves a record of 278 hits, a dozen home runs, 88 RBIs and a lifetime average of .303.