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Moreland Hearing Set for Wednesday



    Moreland Hearing Set for Wednesday
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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers strikes out swining in the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Back in the year 2000 (cue Conan O'Brien bit), the Texas Rangers went to an arbitration hearing with Lee Stevens. It was surely uncomfortable as all arbitration hearings are for both sides, really, in what basically amounts to something similar to divorce court.

    Players argue their case and why they deserve X amount of money, while the team counters and argues why said player doesn't deserve that much money, but X amount, instead.

    That's where the Rangers are headed with first baseman Mitch Moreland, who is second-year arbitration eligible before hitting full-fledged free agency after the 2016 season. Time is running out for the two sides to reach a settlement before their hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

    The sides are a decent amount of money apart coming off Moreland's career year in which he was able to stay healthy for the first time in a couple of years and made the move to being the full-time first baseman after he and Prince Fielder agreed on an early-season switch to make Fielder the full-time designated hitter.

    Moreland's WAR (wins above replacement) was one of the highest on the roster with his plus glove and his 25-homer power as he was second on the team in RBIs, as well. He has a strong case, and it would most likely be in the Rangers' best interest to settle before trashing a key player and probably losing a hearing.