The Boston Red Sox are bringing back first baseman Mitch Moreland, with the team and Moreland reportedly agreeing to a two year, $13 million deal.
Moreland, as I’m sure you will recall, was a 17th round pick of the Rangers in 2007, and spent his entire career with the Rangers before departing as a free agent after the 2016 season. Moreland ended up in Boston on a one year, $5.5 million deal for 2017, and put up a .246/.326/.443 slash line in 576 plate appearances.
The Red Sox were rumored to be a possible destination for free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, but with Moreland now re-signed, Hosmer seems like an unlikely target — yes, the BoSox could use a DH, but both Moreland and Hosmer are seen as having significant value with their gloves. The BoSox have been seen as a possible landing spot for free agent J.D. Martinez, who is a COF best suited for a DH spot, and this would seem to make Martinez a better fit than Hosmer.