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The Red Sox have resigned Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract worth $13 million. Moreland returns to Boston in hopes of fulfilling steady contribution to a Red Sox lineup that is already good. In 2017 Mitch Moreland batted .246 while hitting 22 homers and driving in 79 RBIs. He quietly had a very strong year for how much the Red Sox were paying him.
All offseason, we’ve heard “The Sox need a power bat” and even though Mitch Moreland isn’t going to be that guy that hits you forty, he does however provide consistent pop. In 2015 he hit 23 homeruns and in 2016 and 2017 he hit 22, and on top of that, he also plays gold glove defense.
The Mitch Moreland signing surely takes the Red Sox out of the Eric Hosmer discussions. This move nonetheless likely sets up another move though. Mitch Moreland is nice and all, but he’s not that big right-handed bat the Red Sox have been linked to all winter, that guy is J.D. Martinez. With Mitch Moreland in the fold now, and the J.D. Martinez rumors heating up, this leaves us asking… What’s going to happen to Hanley Ramirez? Maybe a platoon? Maybe a trade? The only way to answer this is to let the rest of the offseason play out because we never know with Dave Dombrowski.
We all know what the New York Yankees have done this offseason, and Mitch Moreland is just the beginning of Dave Dombrowski’s plan to put out a World Series caliber club. If this means anything, every time you look up, Mitch Moreland is playing in the playoffs for an elite team. The Red Sox are going to need another solid season from Mitch Moreland and it seems the first baseman is ready to meet the expectations from the Boston Red Sox yet again. A clubhouse guy. A doubles machine. A solid veteran hitter. A hitter who has the clutch gene. Welcome back “Mitchy Two Bags,” it’s GO. TIME.