Who's swinging the lumber? Mitch Moreland closing out 2019 on high note

Scott McLaughlin
September 26, 2019 - 11:37 am
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Mitch Moreland seemingly hasn't garnered much attention this season. Between the Red Sox' struggles as a team, his missing nearly two months due to injury, and big seasons from other offensive stars like Rafael Devers, Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts, Moreland has been easy to overlook.

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But the first baseman is finishing the season strong and will head into free agency with some pretty respectable numbers all things considered.

Moreland has looked particularly good over the last week. On Friday, he belted two homers and drove in four runs in a 5-4 loss to the Rays. He homered again the next night and has had a hit in each of his last five games, culminating with four hits and another home run in Wednesday night's 10-3 win over the Rangers.

In 89 games this season, Moreland has registered 19 home runs, 58 RBIs and an .846 OPS, which would actually be the best OPS of his career.

The 34-year-old is coming to the end of the two-year, $13 million extension he signed before the 2018 season, and his strong finish could make him an appealing veteran, fairly cheap option -- for the Red Sox or for someone else if Boston decides to move on.

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