The Canberra Cavalry has added hitting power to its roster for the Australian Baseball League season, luring Boss Moanaroa for second stint back in the capital.
The Cavalry will announce Moanaroa's new deal on Wednesday morning, securing him for the next two years in a massive boost for the franchise's Claxton Shield chances.
The 29-year-old spent four seasons in Canberra from 2015-18 before joining the Sydney Blue Sox last year.
But the opportunity to return to Narrabundah and rekindle his career with the Cavalry was too good to pass up, joining Keith Ward's roster two days after the coach committed to his own two-year deal.
"What he brings to the team is the power bat," said Cavalry boss Donn McMichael.
"In some ways we missed that last year and having him back in the battling line-up at No. 3 or 4, it makes it a more complete battling line-up. It finishes off what were missing.
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"He showed an interest in returning and I think the field at Canberra is better for his hitting than the one in Sydney. Canberra really suits Boss ... he has a far greater record at Narrabundah than any other ballpark in Australia."
ABL clubs are set to meet next week to discuss the coronavirus impacts on the competition and whether they will be able to recruit international players.
The Cavalry have been speaking with four Major League Baseball franchises in the United States about giving players an opportunity in Australia after their minor league seasons were halted by the virus.
McMichael has spoken with the Houston Astros, the San Diego Padres, the Toronto Blue Jays, while Cleveland has also shown interest in sending players to the ABL. There are seven former Cavalry players in the MLB this season, including Phil Pfeifer at the Atlanta Braves and Didi Gregorius at the New York Yankees.
"We really hope it can move forward, because the quality of players we can get from Major League clubs this year won't just be development players, they'll be Triple-A players looking to take the next step," McMichael said.
"You wouldn't think Major League players would come, but nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.
"These guys haven't been hitting and haven't been throwing [because of the virus] and whilst the Major League season started, there are still a lot players who won't have played in a long time. Ideally, leave it as long as possible to see if international players can come to Australia."
Moanaroa joins Steve Kent, David Kandilas, Zach Wilson, Tucker Nathans, Josh Warner and Rhys Nitt on the Cavalry roster.