My thoughts on Mitch Moreland signing a one year deal


On Friday Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers came to an agreement to avoid arbitration. This comes after the Rangers have added several key parts to complete with the trade for pitcher Yovani Gallardo and catcher Carlos Corporan to fill out the 40-man roster before entering spring training.

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Moreland and the Rangers agreed to a one year deal worth $2.95 million and 25k in incentives. The 25k in incentives was a little puzzling to me. To me the incentive of 25k is way too low, not that he won’t try any less or anything like that. But, to me it should have been closer to $250k instead, because I think they’ll look at him to add some power to to the offense. I’d expect Moreland to be the primary DH for the Rangers next season. He’ll also be used in left field some, but I’d expect to seem him used possibly at first to allow Prince Fielder some time at DH.

Moreland is coming back after an injury, which caused him to miss half of the 2014 season.

It could be due to that injury that he showed a lack power at the plate last season. If he’s back to 100% he should be able to hit 20 to 24 home runs next season. Moreland hit 23 home runs back during the 2013 season. Which will go a long way for the Rangers considering they had a huge power outage last season.

Last season Moreland hit .246/.297/.347 with 9 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs over 184 at-bats/52 games.

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