Barranquilla caimans, led by its president Roberto Char, announced this Monday the acquisition of the Cartagena bigleaguer Giovanni Urshela for auction in the 2023-2024 season of Colombian Professional Baseball League.
Urshela, 32 years old, who last campaign played a few games Cartagena Tigers, team where he is a shareholder, is at the manager’s disposal Jose Mosquera starting on Tuesday when the reptilian team begins a series against the Leones at the Édgar Rentería stadium.
This year, in the Major Leagues, the third baseman from Cartagena appeared in 62 games with Los Angeles Angels, and hit for a .299 average with 64 hits in 214 at-bats, two home runs, eight doubles, one triple and 24 RBIs.
His time in the California team, which he joined from Mellizos from Minnesota, It was cut short at the end of June due to a fractured left pelvis that required surgery.
Urshela signed a one-year, $8.4 million contract with the Angels and is now a free agent.
In Caimanes, Urshela will join another Cartagena major league, Harold Ramirez, who plays for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Along with Urshela, Caimanes became a power hitter in its quest to regain the Colombian professional baseball title. Currently, the ninth Barranquilla team is second in the standings, half a game behind the leader Cowboys in Montería, which was also reinforced by another bigleaguer: Jordan Diaz of the Oakland Athletics.