A former big-league swinger could be coming to town, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes signed infielder Rhyne Huges for the upcoming season.
Hughes, 30, played in 14 games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010, going two-for-five with an RBI in his debut against the Boston Red Sox in April of that year. Last year, he played AA ball in the New York Mets organization, batting .278 with 30 RBI and five homers in 53 games.
Even better, as far as the Fish are concerned, Hughes packs a walloping bat with the left hand, and the Goldeyes were on the hunt for that. "He’ll hit for power and drive some runs in," manager Rick Forney said, guessing that Hughes could pot up to 15 home runs in an indie league season. "He’s a power threat in the middle of the line-up."
Hughes was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the eighth round of the 2004 MLB amateur draft, and played six seasons in their system before being traded to Baltimore.
Meanwhile, the Fish also made a little cash on a side deal, as they picked up the rights to right-handed pitcher Pete Parise from the Lincoln Saltdogs to complete a trade from last season. Forney then turned around and sold Parise’s rights to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
The Goldeyes now have 18 players signed for the 2014 season, including eight pitchers and 10 position players.