Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Sep 20 '79
Jayson Stark of ESPN writes that Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is a possible fit with the Rays.
It makes sense, as Moreland doesn't have a clear role with the Rangers after the Prince Fielder trade. The Rays remain interested in re-signing James Loney to play first base and have also reportedly shown interest in a trade for the Mets' Ike Davis.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Sep 06 '79
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are currently leaning toward keeping Mitch Moreland.
Moreland's name has surfaced in trade rumors since last week's acquisition of Prince Fielder, but Rosenthal hears that the Rangers could find playing time for him between the DH spot, right field and first base against right-handed pitching. Of course, things could change depending on what else the Rangers do this winter, so he could find himself on the trade block eventually.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Sep 04 '79
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes that Mitch Moreland was a trade possibility for the Rays before the Rangers' deal for Prince Fielder and is "maybe more so now."
It sounds like Topkin is just speculating, but he's right in that Moreland would seem to be a fit. The Rangers are expected to pursue more offensive help even after the acquisition of Fielder, so Moreland surely would be in line for more playing time elsewhere. He's eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Sep 01 '79
First base is no longer an option for Mitch Moreland now that the Rangers have Prince Fielder, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.
Daniels did say that the team won't give up on Moreland despite acquiring the slugging first baseman. Moreland batted .232/.299/.437 with 23 home runs in 2013. The Rangers will likely now listen to offers for the 28-year-old, and he'll probably see some at-bats as a designated hitter if he stays with the team through the offseason. Whatever his role, his fantasy value obviously goes down with the acquisition of Fielder.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Jun 25 '79
Mitch Moreland went 0-for-3 with a walk Saturday against the Athletics.
While Moreland drew a walk with two outs in the ninth inning, he remains hitless over his last 21 at-bats. His batting line is down to .233/.300/.449 for the year.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Jun 15 '79
Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with a double and homer in a 5-1 win against Oakland on Tuesday.
It was the first time Moreland had collected multiple extra-base hits in a game since July 5. AL-only owners know they must stomach Moreland's poor average (.246) and lack of wheels (zero steals) to enjoy his 22 homers, 57 RBI and 54 runs scored.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX Jun 08 '79
Mitch Moreland hit his 20th homer versus the Mariners on Wednesday.
Moreland's OPS is down a bit from last year, but he's reached new highs with 20 homers and 55 RBI this year. He doesn't get much credit, but he's been a nice little asset as a platoon first baseman.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX May 25 '79
Mitch Moreland went 2-for-2 with a home run in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.
Moreland's solo shot off Marco Estrada was the only run of the game for the Rangers. After a rough month of July, Moreland is slugging over .500 in August with three home runs six RBI. In total, though, the first baseman is hitting just .249/.309/.459.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX May 10 '79
Mitch Moreland has gone hitless in six consecutive games following an 0-for-3 as the Rangers' No. 9 hitter on Monday.
Moreland had a solid .788 OPS before the slump, but he's down to .239/.294/.442 now. He's one of the reasons the Rangers need to seriously think about adding more than one bat before the deadline.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX May 04 '79
Mitch Moreland went 1-for-3 with his 14th home run against the Yankees on Tuesday.
The first baseman had a torrid month of May in which he hit .300 with eight home runs, but he's hit just three in the 31 games since while missing two weeks in June due to a hamstring injury. Moreland has a .257/.312/.476 line this year and is best left for deeper mixed leagues and AL-only leagues.