The Toronto Ducks are rumored to have made a big offer to star catcher Gula Kareem, whose contract expires at the end of this season.
The South African phenom originally joined the organization as an international free agent in 2012, playing his first year in 2013. He has been platooned at the catcher position, most recently with Hong-ryul Oh, the Korean veteran, since joining the team, but this year took a more active role as the starter while home run hitter Oh was moved to the DH for much of the year.
Kareem has struggled to break out, and many feel he hasn’t been worth the salt that’s been paid for him – his first year contract was $3.4 million, and for 2016 he won an arbitration contract of $4.95 million. But this year his numbers have been more productive, including double-digit homers.
Scouts have referred to his fielding as “inconsistent” but the Ducks are rumored to have offered over $6 million for his continued services through 2017.