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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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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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