Free Agent Profile & Prediction #33: Mitch Moreland

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 27: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Boston Red Sox hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against pitcher Ryan Madson #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (not in photo) in Game Four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Why is no one really talking about Moreland in conversations when talking about the top free agents available this offseason? All he has done in his career has been an above average hitter and fielder, and has seemed to get better in the last two seasons, posting and OPS above .835 in both seasons, you know who hasnt done that the last two seasons? Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Sano, Carlos Santana, Matt Olsen.. I can go on and on. Moreland is a product of doing everything great, but doing nothing exceptional, which might seem like im bad mouthing him, but its the exact opposite, he is not a premier power hitter, or a guy who could win a batting title, or win a gold glove multiple times in a career. But instead he is a player who will not have a weakness in his game, he has always stayed right around league average in K% at 22.0, right around league average in BB% at 8.8, and has found barrel on a consistent level (11.2% for his career, league average is 6.4).

Like I stated, Moreland is great with the glove, and was awarded a gold glove in 2016 with Texas, and has accumulated 21 DRS for his career at first, with a great 24.0 UZR for his career as well. Even entering his age 35 season, Moreland still is appearing to have plenty left in the tank, coming off of an outstanding both offensive and defensive season for the Red Sox and Padres, and he is in line for pretty nice low year high pay type of offseason.

These are the teams I believe are in contention for Moreland: Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Mitch Moreland signs a 2 yr/23 million dollar deal with the Boston Red Sox

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .274/.340/.498 .838 OPS 18 HR 68 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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