MLB Rumors: Texas Rangers to platoon Mitch Moreland, Michael Choice?

May 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers hat and catchers mitt on the field before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers should yet again be one of the premier offensive teams in Major League Baseball this season.

However, in a bit of a unique twist, that potent lineup will likely feature a platoon at the designated hitter spot – this according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Daniels said the plan is to go with a platoon at designated hitter, with Mitch Moreland facing right-handers and Michael Choice or another right-handed bat against lefties. A caveat to that, Daniels said, is when manager Ron Washington uses the DH slot to give regulars a “mini” break.

American League teams often overspend for talented hitters who they throw into their designated hitter spot so to see a team use it in a platoon setting, it’s slightly odd.

That said – odd doesn’t mean ineffective as the powerful Moreland is woeful against left handed arms. There’s little reason to let him struggle, so taking Moreland out of that role and giving the talented Choice some at-bat’s seems like a solid plan. Choice could also see some at-bat’s in the outfield to spell starters.

Topics: Michael Choice, Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers

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  • Chris Stokes

    Moreland was great before he was injured last season. Never really made it back to his old self. I expect he will have a better year at the plate.

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