The Texas Rangers and Mitch Moreland will apparently be parting ways, as Jeff Wilson tweets that the Rangers are “out” on the free agent first baseman.
Moreland, who was the Gold Glove winner at first base last year, has drawn interest from the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland Indians, and Wilson says that the Boston Red Sox are now also in on him. The Rangers reportedly had interest in bringing Moreland back, but it apparently was as a backup plan as much as anything else, with the team apparently indicating to Moreland’s side that he would have to wait on them to make other moves before they could commit to him.
With several other teams in the mix and multiple folks saying a decision could be coming soon, it appears that the Rangers’ 2007 17th round pick will be moving on.
Since 2011, Moreland has been the team’s primarily first baseman against righthanded pitchers. In 2762 plate appearances with Texas, he has put up a .254/.315/.438 slash line, with a 100 OPS+.