Former Texas Rangers Mitch Moreland and Martin Perez are free agents, after each player had their options for 2021 declined over the weekend.
Both Moreland, a first baseman, and Perez, a lefthanded starting pitcher, signed one year deals for the 2020 season with team options for 2021 with the Boston Red Sox after the 2019 season. Perez received $6 million in 2020, with a $6.25 million team option and $500,000 buyout for 2021, while Moreland got $2.5 million for 2020 with a $3 million team option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout.
Perez ended up being the workhorse of a depleted Red Sox staff — Boston traded David Price as ballast in the Mookie Betts deal in the offseason, lost Eduardo Rodriguez for the year due to a heart condition stemming from a COVID-19 infection, and lost Chris Sale for the year due to Tommy John surgery. Perez led Boston in starts (12) and innings pitched (62) while putting up a 4.50 ERA and 4.88 FIP. While he ate innings for Boston and improved upon his 5.12 ERA in 165 IP in 2019 for the Minnesota Twins, he didn’t show enough to get Boston to exercise his option.
2020 was Moreland’s fourth season in Boston, though he wasn’t there long, as a .328/.438/.746 slash line in 22 games prompted the San Diego Padres to go get Moreland at the trade deadline in exchange for Hudson Potts and Jeisson Rosario. Moreland struggled with the Padres for the rest of the regular season, slashing .203/.247/.362 in 20 games, though he was 4 for 8 with a double in the postseason.