The Boston Red Sox are officially stepping out of the fight for All-Star first baseman Eric Hosmer as they signed another left-handed 1B with a familiar face in Mitch Moreland
According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Moreland is remaining with the Red Sox after agreeing to a $13 million, two-year contract.
Scott Boras was in an interesting position talking to the #RedSox about both Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez. Now that Dave Dombrowski has signed Mitch Moreland, it appears to take Hosmer out of the equation and change the dynamic. Can J.D. still fit in Boston? We'll see.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) 18 de diciembre de 2017
The 32-year-old left-handed hitter batted .246 with 22 homers 79 RBIs in his first season with the team last year. His home run total was just behind Mookie Betts (24) and Hanley Ramirez (23) on the Red Sox, who hit an AL-low 168 for the season.
He had his best season when it came to doubles as he hit 34 for the first time in his career.
Moreland spent his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, winning a Gold Glove in 2016. He was a finalist for the award last season.
He gets $6.5 million in each of the next two seasons as part of the deal announced Monday. He can earn $500,000 annually in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 500 and 550 plate appearances.
The signing takes Boston out of the running for Hosmer, who has had a lot of interest from the San Diego Padres and could soon sign there.
On the other hand, this frees up the Red Sox to focus their attention on J.D. Martinez and his big bat of 49 homers in 2017.
The Red Sox only hit 168 home runs in 2017 and are in dire need of a slugger to compete with the Yankees and their trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez.