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MLB Rumors: Rangers to make Mitch Moreland full-time player

Sep 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland (18) hits a single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

For nearly four seasons now, Mitch Moreland has served as a super-sub for the Texas Rangers. You couldn’t really call him a bench player, but he wasn’t a true starter either. But it appears Moreland will finally get his opportunity to be a full-time player as the Rangers have given the Mississippi State product a starting spot on the depth chart.

Moreland will spend the vast majority of his time at the designated hitter spot as expected but will also shift to first baseman occasionally. Rumors have swirled that he could see some time in the outfield but that seems unlikely outside of some rouge scenarios, especially given the Rangers current roster construction.

Daniels said expectation for #Rangers DH spot would be Mitch Moreland and a rotation.

Moreland has yet to receive over 500 at-bat’s during a season but assuming he remains healthy and produces, he should finally eclipse that total this season.

Moreland, who struggled last season in sporadic playing time, is looking for a return to his 2012 numbers.

Topics: Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers

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