The last “whale” on the free agent list this off-season, Dao-zi Ling, has signed a 2-year deal with the Rimouski Fighting Moose, it can now be reported.
The switch-hitting 7-time all-star and 3-time MVP from Taiwan will captain the field from behind home plate, largely relegating journeyman catcher Milt Tracey to the backup role.
The deal inked between Ling and the team is worth $28.4 million over two years, meaning Ling will be the sixth highest paid catcher (although top paid catcher Bill Ross of Boston has been exclusively a DH since after the 2016 season), pulling in $14.2 million per season.
The former Calgary Inferno catcher, who left the team for free agency after winning his second Bull Cup championship there last season, has been a constant thorn in the side of AEL clubs for the past several years. He now moves into arguably the toughest division, a crowded one with Montreal and New York as powerhouses that Rimouski will need to fight past to see the playoffs again in 2018.
Ling’s career batting average is a solid .313, and so far in a decade of playing baseball he has amassed 178 home runs, 398 runs, and 510 RBIs.