Sep 16, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) scores during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland preparing himself for a utility role

The Texas Rangers made a couple key moves this off-season with Prince Fielder and free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo.

They’re hoping that these moves and the talent they kept on this team will help them win the American League West in 2014 after letting the Oakland Athletics walk away with it. Texas finished five and a half games out and had the opportunity to win one game against the Tampa Bay Rays to clinch a Wild Card spot.

Now it’s time to start over from scratch and get ready for the 2014 season. Spring Training is just around the corner, which means Opening Day isn’t that far off either.

One player has been working hard the entire Winter as he is preparing himself to assume a utility role with his ball club this year. According to FOXSports.com, first baseman Mitch Moreland could be seeing playing time in two other positions besides first base.

Moreland will more than likely see some time at the designated hitters slot in the lineup and in the outfield. He’s coming off a year where he hit 23 home runs and 60 RBI’s with a batting line of .253/.318/.440. The 28 year old lefty has jumped back and forth between first base and right field over the last three years with the Rangers, so this shouldn’t be anything new to him.

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