Red Sox Don’t Stop: Sign Mitch Moreland to One Year Contract
By Peter Santo
Dave Dombrowski just doesn’t stop, this time signing free agent Mitch Moreland to a one year contract worth just over $5 million.
After trading away the Mayor of Ding Dong City Travis Shaw earlier in the day, the Red Sox needed a 1B/DH hybrid, and they found their guy in Moreland. Moreland hit .233 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI last season for the Texas Rangers. It is also worth noting that he won a gold glove for his defense at first base.
I like this move for the Red Sox, it’s similar to the signing of Chris Young last offseason, it’s a low risk move with the potential for huge upside. His numbers are basically identical to those of Travis Shaw, the guy the Red Sox traded earlier in the day. Shaw hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI in 2016.
The issue with Moreland is he struggles mightily to hit right handed pitching, he hit just .221 against righties last year compared to .277 against lefties. So the Red Sox may adjust their lineup when facing right handed pitchers, meaning Moreland may not play everyday. John Farrell has said the Red Sox would use multiple players at DH this upcoming season.
If Moreland sits against righties, Hanley Ramirez would likely slide in at first base while Chris Young would DH.
It’s certainly not Edwin Encarnacion, but a solid low risk move for the Sox.