The past two years haven't gone as Mitch Moreland or the Texas Rangers wanted them to. Both years were derailed by injury — the 2013 season coming to an end in terms of effectiveness with a hamstring injury in June, and this past season coming a literal end with an ankle injury around the same time.
Moreland was supposed to be the Rangers' first baseman of the future and squandered away that opportunity, which led the club to trade Ian Kinsler to Detroit for Prince Fielder last November. And well, we all know how that has worked out so far.
The Rangers can let Moreland walk this winter, as he's eligible for arbitration. Or they can come to terms with him on another one-year deal to see if the third time is a charm and he can stay healthy in 2015 and finally find himself as a baseball player. He's shown flashes of effectiveness, and it seems like every time he gets hot and starts figuring it out in recent year, he comes down with an injury.
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Moreland isn't going to be the Rangers' first baseman as long as Prince Fielder is healthy — and that's the hope — but he could be a big piece in 2015 at around $3-4 million as a designated hitter platoon and corner outfield platoon.
Last season, Moreland hit .246 with only two homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games, but it was obvious he was dealing with discomfort for much of the time he actually played while making $2.65 million. He'd get a raise this year as a second-year arbitration guy, but he might be worth bringing back.