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Red Sox Re-Sign Mitch Moreland To Two-Year Deal

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First baseman Mitch Moreland is returning to the Boston Red Sox.

On Monday, Boston completed a two-year, $13 million deal with Moreland. This eliminated any legitimate possibility of the Red Sox signing free agent Eric Hosmer, the biggest free agent first baseman on the market this offseason.

Notable Red Sox blogger Jared Carrabis wasn’t one of the fans who seemed to overvalue Hosmer by calling Moreland’s signing a “very smart baseball move” for Boston, while also mentioning the similarities between him and Moreland:

Moreland, 32, hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs during his first year with the Red Sox in 2017, ranking third on the club in both homers and RBIs.

“We liked the job that Mitch did for us last year,” said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, per MLB.com. “We really like the all-around game that Mitch brings to us offensively and defensively. We knew he wanted to come back here. We wanted to explore some other options which they were aware of, and so we did that.”

Boston is still looking to add a power bat in the middle of their lineup, with their biggest focus being J.D. Martinez, who slugged 45 homers in 432 at-bats for the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017.

Moreland spent the first seven years of his Major League career from 2010-16 prior to joining the Red Sox. Overall, he’s a .252/.317/.439 career hitter with 132 homers and 433 RBIs, in addition to his 2016 Gold Glove Award (career .996 fielding percentage at first base).

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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