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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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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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