The Seattle Salts have signed veteran third baseman Hoshi Mizuguchi to a 2-year deal following several days of intense negotiations by the AEL West club, it has been learned.
Mizu played six very successful seasons with the Chicago Pit Bulls, but most recently completed a pair of seasons for the Montreal Metros at the hot corner, where he had career numbers for home runs and RBIs last season.
But the 2010 Rookie of the Year had his best season ever in 2014, when he was an offensive and defensive threat, with a slash line of .270/.365/.500, hitting 17 home runs and 17 doubles over what was then a full 82-game season. He took home the LL Gold Crown at 3B along with the Platinum Glove for the position, going 734 innings and tallying 40 putouts and 150 assists as one of the league’s best hot corner men that year.
Even at 34-years-old, Mizu has been as dangerous as ever, getting his 5th nod for the All-Star team in 2017, and improving his batting average to .280 this past season. He was Batter of the Month for June, as well as player of the week for July 25-31.
Seattle now appears to have solved their 3B issues for 2018. The team allowed Tim Handlebars to go to free agency in October. “Big Time” had only been a part-time solution for the Salts, netting just 50 games last year and hitting a paltry .175 for his troubles.
Mizu, who will wear #33 for the Salts, will earn $17.9 million over his contract, becoming the fifth-highest paid third baseman in the Bull League on an annual basis.