Mike Moustakas, affectionately referred to as Moose, has been oft-injured since signing his four-year/$64M deal with the Cincinnati Reds back in 2019. Moustakas has one year remaining on his current deal and will be paid $18M in 2023. The three-time All-Star also has a $20M team option of the 2024 season with a $4M buyout.
Moose has been rather disappointing since arriving in Cincinnati, and other than Eric Milton, it's doubtful that there's ever been a worse free agent contract signing in the history of the Reds organization.
But, did you know that Mike Moustakas isn't the only player named "Moose" to have played in the majors. Let's look back at some lesser known players named Moose who've been part of Major League Baseball over the years.
Reds infielder Mike Moustakas isn't the only Moose in MLB history.
Moose Haas was a pitcher from 1976-1987 and played for both the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics. Hass posted a league-best .813 winning percentage in 1983 while going 13-3 for the Brewers.
Moose Solters was an outfielder from 1934-1943 and played for four different franchises. Solters suited up for both the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Browns in 1935 and finished ninth in the MVP race. That year, the award was won by Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.
Bob Moose was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates 1971 World Series Championship team. Moose threw 35 complete games over his 10 year career in the big leagues and finished with a 3.50 ERA. The right-hander spent his entire career with the Pirates.
There was also Moose Clabaugh who recorded one hit in 1926 for the Brooklyn Robins. Moose Baxter, from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1907. The first baseman played in just six games, but did record four hits and scored a run.
Finally, there was Moose Stubing. In 1976, Stubing played five games for the California Angels. In five at-bats, Stubing never recorded a hit and struck out four times. Moose Stubing took over as manager of the Angels after Cookie Rojas was relieved of his managerial duties with eight games remaining in the 1988 season. The Angels lost all eight games.