FINALLY, a bit of good news for Boston. The Red Sox have re-signed Mitch Moreland through 2019. He’ll make $13 million over the next two years, plus incentives, a steal compared to Hosmer, Martinez, or Stanton.
I’ve been a huge Moreland fan since day 1, and a strong advocate for the Sox re-signing him. Need proof? I’ve got proof:
Don't question me on this, but Mitch Moreland has had 7383032 doubles this season #RedSox
— Gabrielle (@gfstarr1) August 12, 2017
Mitch Moreland has four RBIs in two at-bats tonight. Re-sign him now.
— Gabrielle (@gfstarr1) August 31, 2017
32 doubles and 20+ HR (for the 4th consec. season). This should be a no-brainer, @RedSox. Re-sign Moreland! https://t.co/zVbMigqY5e
— Gabrielle (@gfstarr1) September 28, 2017
I've lost count of how many times I've tweeted about the Red Sox needing to re-sign Moreland but Ima say it again
— Gabrielle (@gfstarr1) September 30, 2017
Despite playing on a broken toe for about a month, Moreland had a solid season. True to his nickname, Mitchy 2-Bags hit 34 doubles. He batted .246, hit 22 homers and had 79 RBIs.
In the Red Sox’s short-lived postseason run, Moreland was one of the only effective players who made even the slightest dent against the Astros’ onslaught. He batted .385 and went 5-for-13, reaching base in 7 of 15 plate appearances. The man who has become beloved for his many doubles hit two doubles and had four runs scored in the four-game ALDS.
Over the past three seasons, Moreland’s numbers have remained largely consistent, and are projected to be similar in 2018.
Just the other day, I wrote that I’d rather keep Moreland at first base instead of signing Eric Hosmer, and it looks like the Sox agree with me. The Phillies gave Carlos Santana a 3-year, $60 million dollar contract last week, which led many to speculate that Martinez and Hosmer would be able to ask for more money that anticipated. Perhaps the Sox didn’t feel that Hosmer is worth it, and are now making Martinez their sole focus.
The Boston #Redsox sign 1B Mitch Moreland to 2-year contract, no longer in on Eric Hosmer. Hosmer seems destined more than ever to wind up with #Padres
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 18, 2017
No matter how you feel about Moreland, Hosmer, or any of these guys, I’m just so glad the Red Sox finally did something!
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