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Mitch Moreland | First Baseman | #18

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/6/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Mississippi State
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 17 (0) / TEX
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Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.
The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for. Dec 8 - 3:50 PM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Mitch Moreland.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network says the deal is worth $5.5 million. Moreland figures to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after winning Gold Glove honors there with Texas in 2016. Which means much more DH time for Hanley Ramirez. Moreland, 31, tallied 22 homers and 60 RBI over 147 games for the Rangers this summer, though it came with an underwhelming .720 overall OPS. He had an .812 OPS in 2015.
Dec 6 - 6:00 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Red Sox are in on free agent Mitch Moreland.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. The Red Sox are now seen as a "very unlikely" landing spot for Edwin Encarnacion due to his high price, so Moreland would be a more reasonable solution. He's left-handed and also capable of playing first base, which fits the team's needs. With David Ortiz retired, Hanley Ramirez would figure to see more time out of the DH spot. The 31-year-old batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season. The Rangers are not in involved in negotiations, but the Indians are in the mix. Wilson hears that a decision could be made soon.
Dec 6 - 11:15 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are talking to free agent Mitch Moreland.

Edwin Encarnacion remains the biggest focus for Toronto, but Moreland and Steve Pearce are also being considered as something like a Plan B. Moreland, 31, batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season for the Rangers while earning a Gold Glove at first base. He's also drawn interest from the Indians.
Dec 5 - 8:35 AM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Indians are showing interest in Mitch Moreland.

Morosi says that "others" are interested, as well. Moreland batted just .233/.298/.422 overall last season, but he popped 22 home runs and won a Gold Glove for his work at first base. The 31-year-old isn't the first choice for either the Jays or Indians, but he qualifies as a decent Plan B.
Dec 4 - 10:27 AM

Mitch Moreland won the Gold Glove Award at first base for the American League.

Not always known for his defense, Moreland finished at the top of the SABR Defensive Index among AL first basemen -- which accounts for 25 percent of the selection process. This is the first Gold Glove for Moreland, and the first Gold Glove for a Rangers first baseman since Mark Teixeira won in 2006. The full list of Gold Glove recipients in the American League: C Salvador Perez, 1B Mitch Moreland, 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Francisco Lindor, 3B Adrian Beltre, LF Brett Gardner, CF Kevin Kiermaier, RF Mookie Betts, P Dallas Keuchel.
Nov 8 - 8:26 PM

Mitch Moreland was ejected from Monday's game against the Angels for arguing a called third strike.

Moreland went 0-for-2 before getting tossed in the fifth inning. Mitch Moreland has replaced him at first base.
Sep 19 - 9:21 PM

Mitch Moreland went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk Friday as the Rangers edged the Angels 2-1.

Moreland snapped out of a 1-for-19 skid tonight. He doubled and scored the Rangers' first run of the game in the seventh. Adrian Beltre then homered in the eighth. It was just Moreland's second three-hit game of the season.
Sep 10 - 2:10 AM

Mitch Moreland crushed a grand slam in the first inning to lead the Rangers over the Indians on Saturday.

The big fly pretty much ended the game before it began as the Indians never did cross the plate all night. Moreland scored a run in the third inning on an Elvis Andrus double. He finished the night 1-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. He has a .253 batting average with 22 home runs and 55 RBI on the season.
Aug 28 - 12:02 AM

Mitch Moreland is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.

Moreland will take a seat against left-hander Ross Detwiler. Jurickson Profar will make the start at first base and bat eighth.
Aug 15 - 4:09 PM

Mitch Moreland whacked a walk-off home run to lead the Rangers over the Royals on Saturday.

The home run off Brooks Pounders landed in the upper deck in right field. It was his 17th home run of the season in 294 at-bats. He has hit for excellent power but has been mediocre in terms of batting average (.245) and on-base percentage (.311). Playing time has been sporadic for Moreland this year and is likely to remain that way.
Jul 30 - 11:44 PM

Mitch Moreland hit two solo home runs in Thursday's win over the Royals.

Moreland had Yordano Ventura's number this night, lifting a homer to left-center field in the fifth inning to tie the game before walloping a pitch to deep center in the eighth to give the Rangers the lead. The home runs were numbers 15 and 16 on the year for Moreland, who has started to come around a bit after a slow start to the year. The 30-year-old is batting .237/.303/.453 overall as a result of that poor start at the plate.
Jul 29 - 12:07 AM

Mitch Moreland blasted his 13th homer on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to lead the Rangers to victory over the Angels.

Moreland's solo shot in the fourth inning cut the Rangers deficit to 6-3. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-4. With the two-hit attack, he's now hitting .235/.300/.433 with 13 long balls and 36 RBI.
Jul 21 - 1:04 AM

Mitch Moreland (calf) doubled in one of his three at-bats in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Moreland missed a week of action with a strained calf, but he should be OK moving forward. He's sporting a .229/.296/.411 batting line on the season.
Jul 10 - 8:15 AM

Mitch Moreland (calf) remained out of the Rangers' lineup Friday.

Moreland was expected back in there for this one but apparently isn't ready yet. He hasn't played since last Saturday. Jurickson Profar is handling first base.
Jul 8 - 4:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Sandy Leon
2Blake Swihart
3Christian Vazquez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Marco Hernandez
3Josh Rutledge
SS1Xander Bogaerts
2Deven Marrero
3B1Pablo Sandoval
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Brock Holt
3Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Clay Buchholz
8Henry Owens
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Tyler Thornburg
3Fernando Abad
4Matt Barnes
5Robbie Ross
6Joe Kelly
7Robby Scott
8Heath Hembree
9Noe Ramirez
10Brandon Workman
11Carson Smith
12Kyle Martin
13Luis Ysla