Converting Mitch Moreland
On Monday, Rangers' GM Jon Daniels hopped on a local Dallas radio show to answer questions about the struggles of the team, struggles in the front office and his thoughts on moving forward with the ball club. Several revealing facts came to light in the interview, including the willingness to look at trades, the imbroglio with Ian Kinsler and his wave to the dugout and a profound statement on Mitch Moreland.
Daniels was asked about Nelson Cruz not returning to Arlington as a Texas Ranger. JD went on to explain that Cruz turned down two offers from the club (a one-year deal and a two-year deal respectively) and then expounded on Mitch Moreland:'And we wanted to give Mitch Moreland an opportunity. We made the decision to see if he was up to the challenge to produce in our lineup. Obviously he struggled, then he got hurt. And that's unfortunately the nature of this business it hasn't worked out.'
Unfortunate is correct when speaking of Moreland, who has struggled with both production and health. Moreland is a career .252 hitter with 65 home runs in 494 games. Looking at Mitch's statistics, his average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are all trending downward. Mitch did have a big year in 2013 with 23 home runs, but a career low .232 average and 117 strikeouts dampened the power numbers. The 117 strikeouts led the team and his K rate of 22.6 percent trailed only Nelson Cruz (23.9 percent) for the 2013 Rangers. From the statement JD made on Monday and the tone of his voice during that interview, it is a good bet that Mitch Moreland will not be hitting baseballs for the Rangers next year. It looks like the experiment may be over. Before we say goodbye to Mitch, lets examine one other thing he can do...pitch.
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