Mitch Moreland Arbitration with the Texas Rangers Ends
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Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers arbitration has finally come to an end. Mitch Moreland, Neal Cotts, Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando filed for arbitration January 14, 2014, all but Moreland reached an agreement within three days of filing.
The Texas Rangers and Neal Cotts agreed to a 1-year contract worth $2.2MM one day after he filed. Both Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando reached agreement for their contracts on January 17 with Feliz getting $3MM and Ogando $2.625MM for 1-year.
That left Mitch Moreland, who asked for $3.25MM and the Texas Rangers offered $2.025MM, the last player to reach a deal. Last year Moreland played 147 games, hitting .232 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI earning $502,700.
Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers agreed to a 1-year deal worth $2.65MM. Texas Rangers gave $12,500 more than the midpoint of $2.638MM. Luckily, Moreland and the Rangers avoided the February 19 scheduled court date.
With Prince Fielder being the Texas Rangers first baseman, it is more than likely that Mitch Moreland will now serve as DH and relief for Fielder.
Either way, I’m glad that the two sides came to an agreement and now the Texas Rangers can focus at Spring Training to get ready for the 2014 winning season!