Power-throwing right-hander Ron Alder has signed with the Montreal Metros, for a reported $18 million per year over 6 years, it was announced today.
Alder last played for the Kingston Cannons, and became a free agent at the end of 2017. He will join a powerful Metros rotation that includes 2017 Sandy Koufax Award winner Judson Martel, Yoshiaki Fujimura, and lefty Tom Haviland.
Once Martel and Fujimura return from their injuries, the Montreal rotation promises to be absolutely lethal to Lake League hitting should they remain healthy. Joined by Alder – a top-slot starter with Kingston, who may find himself as a depth starter in the #3 or #4 slot with Montreal – the Metros are setting themselves up for another deep playoff run next season.
The Halifax native, who will turn 32 before next season starts, has a career 68-44 record, with a 3.08 ERA, 1.15 career WHIP, and 7.6 K/9 over nine seasons with Kingston. He is just shy of 1,000 K’s, sitting at 918, and will likely break the milestone next year.
With Fujimura and Martel injured, there is a good chance Alder will get the nod to start on November 30, in the St. Andrew’s Day series game against the Dallas Deputies.