First baseman Justin Bour has signed with the Red Devils of Mexico City (Diablos Rojos del México) for the 2022 season, announced the team on December 30th. After playing in the Majors from 2014-19 with the Marlins, Phillies, and Angels, Bour spent 2020 with the Hanshin Tigers. He signed a minor league deal in March 2021 to return stateside with the Giants, but he moved to KBO’s LG Twins after 33 Triple-A games.
The 18-team Mexican League was founded in 1925 and became part of Minor League Baseball thirty years later, and was eventually considered a Triple-A league. The Mexican League’s longtime connection ended in 2021 when MLB re-organized the minors. Bour joins several players with MLB experience on the Diablos Rojos’ roster, including Arquimedes Caminero, Jumbo Diaz, Roberto Osuna, JC Ramirez, Yangervis Solarte, and Jorge Cantu. Diablos manager Jorge del Valle noted that Bour brings similar power to that of Jon Singleton, who recently signed a minor league deal with the Brewers.
Bour, 33, was drafted by the Cubs in the 25th round out of George Mason University back in 2009. He remains the most successful Major Leaguer from that Virginia college. Bour joined the Marlins in the 2013 Rule 5 draft. He became the Marlins’ primary first baseman from 2015-18, finishing fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting with a 23-homer debut in ’15. Bour popped 83 home runs for the Marlins in that span and ranks 12th in franchise history. A left-handed hitter, Bour generally needed to be platooned against southpaws but still owns a 123 wRC+ against righties in his 559-game MLB career.
I had no idea Bour was still playing baseball.
Jorge Cantu is still playing baseball?!
I had no idea Jorge Cantu was still playing baseball!!!
I had no ideat Cantu and Bour we’re both still playing baseball!!!
You guys are cracking me up this morning ahaha
I never got involved like this but we all have MLB withdrawal with no real news.
What team does Julio Franco play for?
Cantu last play in majors in 2011.
Shocked he is going to Mexico City. This is usually the type of guy David Stearns will sign. In hopes of buying cheap and getting a career year out of. Typical DH type that can’t field but used to be able to be decent bat.
Man, those are some solid MLB players on that team! Hopefully Bour finds some success with the Red Devils.
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Did some poking around the google. Looks like these guys are making 6-8K/month. So: not very much.
I had no idea Arquimedes Caminero ‘”the best name in baseball” was still playing.
he should be playing on a team with socrates brito
And Jumbo Diaz….okay they’ll wait for Brito
Jumbo Diaz and Justin Bour on the same team. That’s a lot of beef right there.
A lot of Angel fans were glad to see him……….go
The Mexico City Red Devils have more MLB experience on their roster than the Pittsburgh pirates. Honestly it’s not even close.
Reynolds, Tsutsugo and Hayes! And not much more. The only things that can stop Pirates from losing 90 in 2022 are COVID and the lockout. Feel bad for great Pittsburgh fans, Stargell-era, “we are family.”
Bout was good with fish though.
Reynolds and Hayes, YES; Tsutsugo, limited sample size. ’24 could be the season all of Cheringtons gems, come together, and make a run.
Mendoza Line 215
Then again it could be ‘25 or 26’,or maybe never.The original due date for progress after the awful second half of 2019 was late in 22.
They need to show improvement this year to at least 70 wins as these Pirate jokes are replacing the Tigers,Royals,Marlins,and Orioles by the fungis of this site.
The Pirates could easily avoid 90 L’s. It’s not just those three. Roansy Contreras, Oneil Cruz, Miguel Yajure, Travis Swaggerty, Diego Castillo, about a dozen others will help them avoid 90.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Contreras & Yajure have always been at least mildly interesting. At times, both have been even more than that. Roansy in particular. Though Yajure was more of a late bloomer.
The Yanks were still treating them as starters. Keith Law would just play the odds & “predict” they will be relievers. Ya know?
But. Anyway. Are the Pirates still developing them as starting pitchers?
Mendoza Line 215
Yes Ducky.They are both highly regarded.I think that Yajure started a game or two last year for the Pirates,but both I think had some arm troubles but still made progress during the year.They are set to go this year,and will certainly be penciled in at some point to start for the Pirates.This is only if both sets of knuckleheads “at the table” figure out that baseball is at least important to the fans.
Happy New Year to you.
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Interesting to see the English translation of Mexican League teams.
Cantu still playing huh? I remember in about 2015 my friend was tweeting with him and he said he was tryin to make a comeback. I figured he would be very old but he’s 39 now.
Osuna is playing with them I see. What’s his story? Is he still suspended at all or are teams just avoiding him?
I hope Bour finds a teammate to feed him donuts during BP.
Osuna’s suspension ended the year he was dealt to Houston.
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Some of the guys on the squad feel like throwbacks, but most of them have played in the majors during the last five years.
Teammate of Kenny Powers!!
He has to keep playing. His wife’s makeup bill is ridiculous!
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Making $$ is still the object.
Osuna had his elbow blow out in 2020. Houston wanted him to get TJS. He refused and was released at end of the season. Probably not able to perform at a high level. Already made a lot of money in the states too. Wife beater too.
I’m gonna build a wall, a great wall and we will keep mediocre ballplayers in Mexico.
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