Rimini has officially confirmed Oscar Salazar, a 35-year-old Venezuelan known by his nickname "El Cachi". Salazar is currently finishing his winter league season in Venezuela, and comes with a pretty hefty resume behind him, which includes 199 games played in the Big Leagues, with the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres. Salazar is considered a supper utility having played all defensive positions except behind the plate. Salazar begin his professional career back in 1998 with the Oakland Athletics, where he made it to AAA before becoming a Detroit Tiger, the team whith which he would play his first Major League game. Between 2003 and 2004 Salazar bounced around a couple of different organizations (Angles, Indians and Royals) at the minor league level. In 2004 this Venezuelan utility player would move onto the AAA Mexican League in Cancun before making his next stop in San Marino (the IBL) for the 2006 season where he hit .283 with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 7 homeruns, and 26 RBI’s. In 2007 Salazar returned to affiliated ball in the US with the Orioles, making it back to the Big Leagues for 34 games, splitting time at 1st and 3rd. In 2009 he moved to San Diego where he would have his last go around as a Major League Ball Player (85 games as a San Diego Padre, .237 avg., 4 doubles, 3 homeruns, and 19 RBI’s). In 2011 Salazar was in AAA with the Marlins, 2012 in Japan, and back in the Mexican league with the Guerreros de Oaxaca in 2013. Currently “El Cachi” Salazar is playing in Venezuela with the Caribes de Anzoategui, where his is putting up some impressive numbers through 57 games played, batting .290 with 40 RBI’s, 13 doubles, 1 triple, and 9 homeruns.
In 2014 Rimini will also be able to count the 2013 IBL batting champ, Alex Romero, Italian right hander, Roberto Corradini, catcher Riccardo Bertagnon and outfielder, Leonardo Zileri, all important pieces of Rimini’s 2013 finals appearance.