Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Red Sox Complete Tri-Fecta: Sign DH/1B Mitch Moreland

(USAToday Sports)
UPDATE: Deal is official
Multiple sources now indicate that the Red Sox have signed DH/1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract—pending him passing a physical. This makes three impact deals concluded today by President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski. And, silly us, labelled him "Do Nothing Dave" just this morning. Sorry. The 31-year old Moreland is a left-handed bat (something Dombrowski wanted) who can play first-base and DH—giving potential rest to Hanley Ramirez. Moreland does not hit for average anymore (if he ever did). In 2016, he hit just .233—although he did clout 22 HRs and knocked in 60 in 147 games for Texas. He's a career .254 hitter over seven seasons—with a total of 110 HRs. His career OPS is a respectable .754. Moreland was also the Gold Glove winner at first base last year.