The Rimouski Fighting Moose have added free agent outfielder Jose Tavitas to their roster today, and no doubt the 30-year-old will add yet another disciplined bat to the already stacked batting order come May.
Tavitas last played for the Jacksonville Ravens (now Minneapolis Ravens) in 2017, playing out 29 games and finishing with just a .231 averages — but his real talent was in in drawing walks, and he crafted an on-base percentage of .370.
Considered a quality defender, Tavitas signed a one-year deal for $900,000. Tavitas will likely slot in at 9th in the order, after the team spent the off-season acquiring some of the top names in the Bull League. Catcher Dao-zi Ling, shortstop Celestino Caparica, and RF Carlos Mendoza are just three former All-Star position players signed this off-season as free agents.
The starting rotation now also includes former Sandy Koufax Award winner William Febres, who last pitched for division rivals New York, where he led the LL in strikeouts at 188 last season, and former Montreal Metros starter Lou Bricknell, who won Elimination Round MVP honors in last year’s playoffs, a series in which he dealt a devastating shutout loss to Rimouski in the series-deciding Game 5.
When measured by WAR gained or lost, the Fighting Moose are now the top team this off-season in terms of player movement, gaining a whopping 13.9 in 2017 WAR. Aside from the stellar players mentioned previously, they also acquired Kyle Cahill, a top of the heap closer, from the Dallas Deputies, and “Ready Eddie” Edgar Carpenter, an innings-killing middle reliever who was 2-0 with 5 saves last year, crafting a 1.29 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 21 relief innings.
Many project a deep playoff run for the 2018 Rimouski team.