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Fish lose de Caster, Pitkin, but gain new infielder and pitcher

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Two members of the Winnipeg Goldeyes are on their way out, while two new players are on their way in.

On Wednesday, the Fish announced that infielder Yurendell de Caster had opted to play in the Mexican League this season, while left-handed pitcher Colton Pitkin was opting to retire from professional ball.

But two new players are coming to replace them. The club also announced it had signed veteran 25-year-old infielder Nate Samson and left-handed pitcher Brendan Lafferty, who will join the Goldeyes when training camp opens on May 4.

Samson played seven years in the Chicago Cubs organization, including stints at the AAA level with Iowa in 2008 and 2012. Last season, he hit .271 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 75 AA games with Tennessee, and batted .280 with three RBI in 19 games with Iowa.

Goldeyes manager Rick Forney called Samson the club's new "everyday shortstop," highlighting the experience he will bring to the club.

Lafferty, 26, played AA ball last season in the Kansas City Royals organization, racking up 71 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. He was drafted by the Royals in the 18th round of the 2009 MLB amateur draft and played four seasons in their system.

The Fish now have 26 players signed for 2013, including 14 pitchers and 12 position players.

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