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

Mitch Moreland will not see left field for Texas Rangers at home


Mitch Moreland has had a bit of a rough off-season, from losing his job as starting first baseman to being involved in trade talks and position changes, but he can at least prepare for the season knowing that he will not see the 7-spot on the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas spoke with Rangers’ manager Ron Washington and discovered that although the slugger has some experience as a corner outfielder, he’d like to see some consistency in Moreland’s playing time. With the acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo, it’s likely that Moreland will spend more time spelling new first baseman Prince Fielder and returning right fielder Alex Rios.

Moreland only had 34 games of experience in the outfield in 2011, and has some experience there in the minors as well. He has stated repeatedly that he is willing to do whatever he can at wherever the team needs him, and that being a part-time fielder and full-time DH is just a matter of getting repetitions in during Spring Training.

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