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WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed catcher Alixon Suarez on Wednesday afternoon.

Suarez last played in 2015, and has five years of professional experience in the Boston Red Sox’ organization.  The Carora, Venezuela native has thrown out 36 percent of opposing base stealers during his career, which includes a 41 percent finish for the Lowell Spinners in 2014 that ranked fourth in the Short Season-A New York-Penn League.

“I’m excited about the addition of Alixon to our club,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney.  “With Carlton Tanabe retiring and Tanner Murphy getting signed, we needed to find a catcher to take over the position.  Alixon is a strong defender, and I look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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Suarez originally signed with the Red Sox in 2010 as an international free agent.  Offensively, the 22-year-old backstop is a career .228 hitter, and has averaged 81 runs scored, 29 doubles, 63 RBI, and 72 walks per 162 games played.  Suarez, who bats and throws right-handed, was a Rookie level Dominican Summer League all-star in 2012 after hitting .270 with a .399 on-base percentage in 63 contests for the Red Sox’ DSL affiliate.  The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Suarez has been at least one year younger than the average age of his league in each of his five professional seasons.

The Goldeyes made two other transactions on Wednesday.  Right-handed pitcher Brandon Shimo was traded to the Atlantic League’s New Britain Bees in exchange for future considerations.  Shimo was 2-2 with two saves and a 4.44 ERA for the Goldeyes last season in 43 relief appearances.

Additionally, the Goldeyes re-acquired right-handed pitcher Dylan Rheault from the Sioux City Explorers to complete a previous trade from May 25th, 2016.  The Goldeyes subsequently traded Rheault to the Can-Am League’s Les Aigles de Trois-Rivieres in exchange for a player to be named later.  Rheault made one appearance for Winnipeg, and posted a 3.97 ERA for Sioux City in 33 games following the trade.

The Goldeyes now have 19 players under contract for the 2017 season.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.

2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
LHP Kyle Anderson
1B David Bergin
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Ryan Chaffee
3B Wes Darvill
RHP Icezack Flemming
SS Maikol Gonzalez
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
RHP Daniel Minor
RHP Mikey O’Brien
OF/1B David Rohm
C Alixon Suarez
RHP Duke von Schamann

The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders.  The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park.  Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now.  For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com