Charlie Foote, the former Toronto Nomads reliever, will join the Calgary Inferno bullpen after signing to a 2-year, $3.6 million contract with the 2017 Bull Cup Champions, it has been announced.
The 6’3″ native of Ottawa had originally been groomed to be a starter with the Nomads, before switching to the relief role last season, and earning 6 saves and slicing his ERA to 1.87 on the year, without allowing a single homerun.
The financially-troubled Nomads did not want to go to arbitration with the left-hander, and chose to non-tender him last fall, and he immediately became one of the most sought-after bullpen arms on the market.
The tenacious groundballer with a 99 mph fastball had been dominant through much of last August, gathering all his saves that month and throwing 14.1 innings over 12 games, while chalking up 15 K’s.
Foote is expected to excel at the middle relief role with Calgary, which just added two Japanese international free agents this offseason, and also boasts the well-regarded closer, Kevin Krohn.
After five seasons at the major level with Toronto, Foote was 14-21 with a career 4.20 ERA and 144 strikeouts.