SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 09: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teammate Elvis Andrus #1 after hitting a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on June 9, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Theh Giants won the game 5-2. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
When the Texas Rangers acquired Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler back in November, Mitch Moreland's days as a Ranger seemed numbered.
Moreland has struggled to become what the Rangers hoped he might after emerging onto the scene late in 2010 and having a great World Series at the plate, and Fielder is one of the game's most feared sluggers joining a team that needed some pop in its lineup.
So while Fielder will be the club's everyday first baseman, Moreland will be the team's primary DH and will also see time in right field, and possibly even left field on the road.
Ron Washington spoke to KTCK The Ticket on Monday morning and said he just wants to be sure Moreland is comfortable in his new role.
"Moreland will be getting most of the DH time and when he’s not at DH he’ll be on the field somewhere," Washington said. "I just want him to be comfortable with his situation, which is totally different than what it has been in the past."
Comfort is a big deal in baseball, which is such a mental game. The change could be detrimental to Moreland, but it could also be a great benefit. Only time will tell.