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Red Sox sign Mitch Moreland to 2-year deal

Rob Bradford
December 18, 2017 - 4:11 pm

Well, this was somewhat unexpected.

The Red Sox have announced their first big free agent signing is a familiar name -- Mitch Moreland.

The 32-year-old Moreland has agreed to a two-year contract with the Sox, who (for now) keep the same first base/designated hitter combination, with Hanley Ramirez manning the DH spot. The deal is worth $13 million, with the opportunity to make $1 million more in incentives.

Moreland played in 149 games in 2017 despite battling a broken toe and knee injury, finishing with a .246 batting average, .749 OPS and 22 home runs.

'We’ve stayed in contact with Mitch’s representative really all offseason," said Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. "We liked the job that Mitch did for us last year. we knew he wanted to come back here. We wanted to explore some other options which they were aware and so we did that. as we said, we continue to gather information as far as meetings with individuals, of free agents, trade-wise, and so we really picked up the pace moreso I would gather trying to sign him on Friday, really was the day. When I left here on Saturday after the Christmas at Fenway, we still had not come to an agreement. There were a couple of other clubs that were interested in him. I think a couple of clubs, and I’m just going to guess, jumped in that might have had interest in the Santana situation. They jumped in at that point, we figured that we would move forward at that time trying to sign him. we still continue to feel that we have the opportunity to add someone else to our club from an offensive perspective that won’t be a first baseman, but we feel we have a DH, that between Hanley and if I could find someone else, outfield spots, that would give us plenty of at-bats and opportunities for somebody to contribute in a full-time fashion. I don’t know if it will happen or not but there are some names out there, people from a trade and free agent perspective that we’ll continue to talk to."

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