January 29, 2020

Moreland Returns For 2020 And A Few Drips Of Manager News

The Red Sox may be considering Mark Kotsay to fill their managerial vacancy. Kotsay played for 17 years, and was with the Red Sox in 2008 and 2009. The Red Sox have also shown interest in Hensley Meulens (Mets bench coach).

Mitch Moreland will be returning to the Red Sox for a fourth season in 2020. M. Two-Bags agreed to a 2020 contract for $2.5 million. Boston holds a team option for 2021 ($3 million or a $500,000 buyout). Moreland played in only 91 games in 2019, but he had career highs in slugging percentage (.507) and OPS (.835). However, Moreland batted only .204 against lefties last season, so Michael Chavis should also get some time at the cold corner.

The Astros have hired Dusty Baker to manage the 2020 team. I'm assuming Baker, at 70 now the oldest manager in MLB, has a cunning plan to unclog those bases.

Truck Day is next Monday (February 3).

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