Mitch Moreland and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract, and thus, avoiding salary arbitration just before an arbitration hearing was supposed to take place between the two sides.
Negotiations between the two sides were a bit of a challenge. Moreland asked for $6 million after his best performance in his career after the Rangers originally offered $4,675,000. The Rangers organization’s 16-year streak of avoiding arbitration was thought to be coming to an end, but the two sides came to an agreement with just a few hours to spare.
There were rumors this off-season that the Rangers were looking to trade him, but nothing happened.
Moreland, 30, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2007 MLB Draft out of Mississippi State University. He made his major league debut midway through the 2010 season and he was part of the 2010 and 2011 World Series. In his career, he has a .258 batting average, 88 homers, and close to 300 RBIs in over 620 games he’s played in.
Playing 132 games last season, Moreland hit 23 home-runs, had 85 RBIs, and hit .278. His performance last season is considered a bounce-back season, as he was riddled with injuries during the 2014 season.
This deal will give him an opportunity to impress the Rangers’ organization enough to offer him a long-term deal as he will be a free-agent at the end of the 2016 season.