MLB free agency: Red Sox re-sign Mitch Moreland to two-year deal

The Red Sox and first baseman Mitch Moreland agreed to a two-year deal, the team announced. The contract is worth $13 million, according to ESPN.com.

Moreland played 149 games with the Red Sox last season, slashing .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBIs. He spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rangers.

Boston had been linked with free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, but Moreland’s re-signing likely ended that chase. Moreland and Hanley Ramirez will split time at first base and designated hitter.

Signing Moreland to a team-friendly contract could also help the Red Sox afford outfielder J.D. Martinez, who is reportedly asking for $200 million after hitting 45 home runs last season.

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