When Dave Dombrowski gets rolling, it’s hard to stop him.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2016
The Boston Red Sox have reportedly completed their third major transaction of the day, signing free agent first baseman Mitch Moreland to a one-year contract, per FOX Sports insider Ken Rosenthal. The Moreland signing will now join an early-morning trade that sent Tyler Thornburg to Boston, and the more noteworthy blockbuster that saw the Red Sox acquire superstar southpaw Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox.
Moreland, 31, seemingly comes into Boston as a part of the task to help fill the void left behind by an all-time great in David Ortiz. A career .254 hitter, Moreland has recorded five seasons of 15+ home runs over the course of his seven-year career. In his past three full seasons with the Texas Rangers, Moreland has compiled 65 home runs, along with 205 RBIs.
For the Red Sox, this move makes a lot of sense. The departure of Travis Shaw in this morning’s Thornburg deal left Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt as Boston’s only major leaguers with first base experience. Clearly, there was a major hole to fill, and fill it they did. Having long been linked to the likes of Edwin Encarnacion, this move signifies that the Sox would much rather save money by rolling with a rotation between first base & DH, as opposed to make a splash by bringing in a superstar. This signing likely means that Ramirez and Moreland will split duties between first base and designated hitter in 2017.
Moreland’s contract is said to be worth “a bit more” than $5 million, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rags.