Sep 19, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers not expected to trade Mitch Moreland?

When the Texas Rangers acquired Prince Fielder, one could have assumed the writing was on the wall for fellow first baseman, Mitch Moreland.

The 28-year-old infielder has shown flashes of stardom for brief moments, but continually seems to fall off the wagon looking more like a player who has epic hot and cold streaks rather than a star.

Regardless, it appears the Texas Rangers are content in keeping Moreland on their roster for the foreseeable future as it’s being reported the Rangers plan to keep Moreland, at least for now:

At moment, #Rangers leaning toward keeping Moreland and playing him at DH/OF/1B vs. RHP. Their plans may change based on what else they do.

Moreland had a fine 2012 where he .275 and clubbed 15 home runs in just 327 at-bat’s, though his 2013 (despite 23 home runs) was pretty rough. His career .236 average against left handed starters doesn’t exactly bode well either, but under team control at a relatively friendly price, the team likely feels they could do far worse than having Moreland in their lineup.

Of course, as Rosenthal says, the team could change their plans depending on what the remainder of the offseason brings but for now it looks as if Moreland is staying put.

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