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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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