The holiday period has proven to be a busy one for big-name free agent signings, as three popular stars landed big contracts just before Christmas.
The New York Dragons signed former Inferno shortstop Manny Davila to a 7-year, $73.85 million contract, leaving the team with a pleasant problem of deciding where to place the Gold Crown winning SS.
The Dragons already have the highly-rated Jake “F-16” Jett, a 2017 All-Star, at SS, which means Davila could move to another infield position such as second base, or even to the DH role.
Veteran DH and outfielder Narushi Ohata surprised everyone with a one-year deal to play for Nevada. The 39-year-old future hall of famer has put up incredible career numbers, and if he stays healthy for 2018, promises to contribute to the Nevada Speeders rebirth.
In his last two years with Boston, Ohata hit .267, with 20 homers, 78 RBIs, 59 runs scored, and a .793 OPS, including picking up his 8th career Gold Crown Award in 2016. Nevada will pay $2.2 million for the 2018 season along with a bonus of $650,000 should he come away with another hitting award.
But the biggest signing of last week came on Saturday, when the Rimouski Fighting Moose came to terms with Lou Bricknell, the right handed pitcher who closed the door on the Moose in the final game of the Lake League Championship series in September. Bricknell went to free agency after Montreal failed to agree to a contract extension with the 2017 LL Elimination Round MVP.
Rimouski had been eyeing the imposing 29-year-old, who in his six seasons with the Metros has gone 42-20, with a 3.15 ERA and 532 K’s for a career WAR of 12.1. They gave him a huge pay raise, signing him to a 9-year contract worth $103.5 million, or $11.5 million a season.
With Rimouski moving to the LL West for 2018, they are out of the shadow of Montreal and could be set to dominate the West division if they can manhandle Ohio, and the Jacksonville Ravens who will relocate to that division in an anticipated move set to be announced soon.