- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 230 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/6/1985 (34)
- Mississippi State
The Boston Red Sox re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $3 million deal on Tuesday, according to a major league source. The deal includes a $3 million club option for the 2021 season that includes a $500,000 buyout. Pitcher Denyi Reyes was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Moreland, a two-time Gold Glove winner, hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games while missing time with multiple injuries in 2019. He has hit .247/.326/.455 with 56 home runs and 205 RBI in 364 games with the Red Sox the last three years. Moreland will mostly play first base against right-handed pitchers and can be a solid corner infielder in deep mixed and AL-only leagues for his power in a good lineup. He could serve in a platoon with Michael Chavis or Bobby Dalbec.
Once considered a long shot to re-sign with the Boston Red Sox, it's looking more likely that first baseman Mitch Moreland will return. Sam Travis is now off the 40-man roster, and only Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec are capable of playing first base, but both of them are right-handed bats on a team loaded with righties. Moreland was limited to 91 games in 2019 due to injury, but he'd provided a needed left-handed power bat after hitting 13 home runs in 46 games in the first two months before suffering a lower back strain in late May. He finished with a .262 average, 18 homers and an .887 OPS against right-handed pitching. Moreland would likely be in a platoon if he returned, but his power would give him corner infield appeal in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. He's unlikely to receive more than $4 million for one year.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland tried his best to keep his team from being eliminated from the playoff race on Friday night, providing all of the Red Sox offense in a 6-4 loss in Tampa Bay. Moreland hit a pair of two-run home runs but the Red Sox fell nevertheless and will now officially miss the playoffs a year after winning the World Series. Moreland now has 17 home runs on the year in 308 plate-appearances and will go up against Tampa Bay and starter Tyler Glasnow on Saturday evening.