The National and Caribbean Champions, Tigres del Licey, began their strengthening movements with a view to repeating the crown with the acquisition of utility Miguel Andújar and reliever Yunior Marte from the Toros del Este in exchange for outfielders Luis Mieses and Narciso Crook. Andújar, 27, is a player with major league experience with the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates with whom he ended up playing in the 2022 Major League season. In parts of six Big Show seasons, the versatile player has a .272 batting average with 97 extra-base hits and 131 RBIs in 268 games. While Marte is a 27-year-old pitcher who in 2022 pitched in 39 games for the San Francisco Giants, with whom he had 44 strikeouts in 48 episodes in which he only conceded 22 transfers. “Andújar arrives to give us depth in various positions such as third base and left field. He is a bat in the middle of the lineup and the most important thing is that he is eager to put on the Kings of the Caribbean jersey, ”said the general manager, Audo Vicente. “Marte is a pitcher who can help us a lot from the bullpen since his experience in the Majors and in Lidom is a factor that we are going to use in our favor,” added the blue executive. Vicente also pointed out that Marte has a fastball that can hit 97 miles per hour and that in his repertoire he has a sinker that can hit the same speed as his fastball, changeup and slider at 86 and has a high ability to miss. bats. In 2022, pitching for the Sacramento River Cats, the Giants’ Triple-A branch, the right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.16 ERA. In 25 2/3 innings, the right-hander allowed just nine hits and nine earned runs while giving up nine walks with 35 strikeouts. In Lidom, Andújar has played in four tournaments, his best season being the 2019-20 campaign when he batted .308 in the uniform of the Roman team. While Marte has experience of three seasons in Dominican baseball in which he has accumulated 32 innings and two thirds of 24 hits, eight earned runs, 17 walks and 23 strikeouts with a 2.20 ERA in 23 games.