BREAKING NEWS (to me, anyway..): Fat Cats actually have acquired Eitan Maoz
Contrary to what I had said in my last post, it seems that the Ottawa Fat Cats’ GM, Duncan MacDonald, had used the Doubleheader against the Mississauga Twins a few days ago as a chance to scout the Twins. The day that the Cats’ got walked over by the Toronto Maple Leafs, MacDonald acquired the Twins’ catcher Eitan Maoz for future considerations.
This seems like a fairly nice acquisition. The one thing that it makes sure of, is that Dan Baribeau won’t be getting much playing time, and will pretty much assume the role that Rudy Vallejos had filled, up to just recently. Maoz would become Ottawa’s Backup Catcher, second in line to Marsh.
With Missy up to now, Eitan Maoz has displayed an average of .233, including 1 home run and 10 hits. One interesting note, is that Maoz played a vital role in keeping Ottawa “in the game” if you will, against the Leafs on Sunday. He put an RBI on the scoreboard for Ottawa a few times, as well as 2 hits.
Earlier today, the Cats’ also announced the release of 1B, Matt Sauve. He had 5 hits on 32 at bats this year, however I really liked him on the field. He was one of the stronger members of Ottawa’s basemen and had no errors this year.
So tell me, Ottawa, who will play 1st Base for the Fat Cats for the rest of the campaign?
I’m thinking that Chris Latimer will assume starting duties, while Marshall MacDonald or possibly Maoz, Baribeau, McGovern, or one of the outfielders could sub in every now and then. I’m pretty sure that that is what MacKenzie will do. I doubt that he wants players like Dan Baribeau and Tony Farago to rot on the bench.
On another peculiar note, Zach Staniewicz has been moved to Ottawa’s pitching staff from the outfield. Mombo is taking his place in the outfield. Yet another crucial part of the fairly successful Ottawa Infield has been moved. We will have to see how this new lineup performs against the Guelph Royals on Canada Day. The Royals are only one position ahead of the Fat Cats in the standings, so this should be a fun match-up.